The most important document of any Maryland General Assembly session is the governor's budget, and this is the week Larry Hogan will submit his spending plan for the next year to lawmakers.

Hogan has already announced that he will fully fund all of the state's educational funding formulas, as law requires. He has also signaled that some of the state's expected $500 million surplus will go toward cutting taxes. He is required to submit the budget to the legislature by Wednesday.

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Apart from that, legislators have many questions about the governor's plans. Will he fully fund reimbursement rates for Medicaid providers? What will his higher education budget mean for tuition rates? What are the details of his plans for tax relief and what are the implications for future spending?

Hogan has already drawn one line in the sand, insisting he will refuse to spend any money the legislature cuts from his budget and "fences off" for other purposes. His hard-line stance has prompted leading Democrats to threaten to pass mandates that would further lock the governor into future spending.

Meanwhile, the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House are planning to flex their muscles Wednesday with votes to override several bills Hogan vetoed last year.

Some overrides are likely, but Democrats will have to struggle for the votes to overturn Hogan's veto of a bill that would restore voting rights to felons upon their release from incarceration. Opponents of the bill say offenders should continue to have to wait until the expiration of their parole or probation.

Bill hearings start up this week, with such topics on the agenda as the motto on the Maryland state seal and new lyrics for the state song, "Maryland, My Maryland."

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