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Hogan’s $42 billion budget not causing much indigestion — yet

Legislators and nonprofit groups are still digesting the $42.3 billion budget Gov. Larry Hogan submitted Wednesday. But there were few signs of indigestion over a proposal that increases spending by $2 billion (5%), while setting aside a record $1.5 billion in reserves and surplus. "We don't know until we get into all the details" is the way House Speaker Michael Busch summed it up after breakfast with the governor and fiscal leaders. House Appropriations Committee Chair Maggie McIntosh had lots of unanswered questions, as well.

House Speaker Michael Busch addresses Maryland county officials on a panel moderated by new MACo President John Barr, a Washington County commissioner, Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, Sen. J.B. Jennings, and Joe Getty, the governor's chief legislative officer.

Hogan’s honeymoon with legislature is over, Senate GOP leader says, but House speaker disagrees

"The honeymoon is over" at the State House, Senate Republican Leader J.B. Jennings told an audience of county officials Friday. "This session is not going to be the lovefest we had last year." House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat, disagreed with Jennings assessment that there won't be another love fest. "I don't know why not," Busch said. "Hopefully we'll be able to work together with the governor to come up with the best solutions for the people of Maryland."

Warren Deschenaux, second from left, referees this year's budget conference committee, with senators on the right, delegates and staff on the other side, and Hogan administration officials at the far end of the table.

Deschenaux to replace Aro as head of legislature’s nonpartisan staff

The Department of Legislative Services, the legislature's nonpartisan staff, will get new leadership and a reorganization next year as Executive Director Karl Aro retires, and Warren Deschenaux, director of policy analysis, takes his place. The move was announced late Monday afternoon by Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. With a staff of 384 and a budget of almost $48 million, Legislative Services performs most of the functions for the Maryland General Assembly

Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, networks at a press event marking 100 days in office.

100 days: Hogan fires back on education funding debate

Gov. Larry Hogan did not give a final decision about whether to fund a requested $68 million to aid counties with higher costs of education during a 100 days in office press event on Thursday. Also on the menu were the governor’s responses to the Freddie Gray investigation ongoing in Baltimore City, transparency and overtesting in public schools.

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Senate president announces committee assignments

Senate President Mike Miller announced the full slate of committee assignments Tuesday, finding places for the 11 new senators and shifting several of the incumbents. The Democratic presiding officer determines the committee assignments for both Democrats and Republicans in the 47-member Senate.

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Rascovar: McIntosh bites the budget apple

Until last week, Del. Maggie McIntosh was an important member of the House of Delegates leadership.

Now, suddenly, she’s a Very Important Person.

The new chair of the House Appropriations Committee holds the second-most powerful post in the chamber. It even could put her in prime position to succeed House Speaker Mike Busch whenever the Annapolis lawmaker decides to give up his gavel.

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Extra tax break for ‘House of Cards’ folds in final hour

Six lawmakers, three from each chamber of the Maryland General Assembly, standing in a ring in the House of Delegates lounge at a half hour before midnight, vehemently haggling over a single bill.

They had only 30 minutes before the close of the 2014 session, and they needed to find middle ground on legislation that would grant the popular Netflix drama an additional $3.5 million in tax dollars.