Deschenaux: Reform Md.’s budget process with a single constitutional trade

Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to withhold $245 million earmarked by the General Assembly has been front page news. These funds were dedicated to numerous worthwhile projects — school construction and the BSO among them — that the legislature had found unsupported or under supported in the budget submitted by the governor. The cost of these projects was offset within the budget total by reductions made to other programs, and total appropriations were less than the governor proposed. We go through this song and dance every few years, typically when the executive and legislative branches are controlled by different parties. (Balt. Sun)

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