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  Maryland’s General Assembly went out of business for another year on Monday, ending a session that many hoped would signal the dawn of a new bipartisan era in a party line budget settlement.  Gov. Larry Hogan praised the legislature for its bipartisan work, but said he probably wouldn’t spend money Democrats set aside for public education, state worker pay and Medicaid and other safety net programs.

Earlier in the session, the state budget was a sign of bi-partisanship between the Republican Governor and the Democratic assembly.  But now? Fraser Smith and Andy Green, editorial page editor for The Baltimore Sun, discuss how the budget is being held hostage until the governor gets what he wants - while the General Assembly tries to push back. 

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Lawmakers in Annapolis are counting down to the last day of the legislative session on Monday. WYPR's Christopher Connelly joined host Matt Tacka to talk through what's happening at the end of the last full week.

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A budget showdown has been simmering in Annapolis, and with just a few days left before the end of the session, tensions are peaking. House Speaker Mike Busch and Gov. Larry Hogan had tough words for each other Thursday as the two leaders insist on preserving their priorities in the budget.

Busch drew a line in the sand, saying he won’t move forward on the governor’s budget priorities until he gets some assurances on priorities that House lawmakers have expressed.

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It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for a look back at the week in Annapolis. This week, WYPR News Director Joel McCord talks with state house reporter Christopher Connelly about legal and budget machinations.

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  Gov. Larry Hogan put forward an update to his earlier budget proposal Thursday that includes money for tax cuts and leaves out about $70 million dollars the House and Senate want to give to public schools. He drew fire from teachers unions but a member of his administration said the governor was emphasizing that items on his agenda needed to be part of the budget process.

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Indiana is drawing fire over a religious freedom law that critics say protects people who want to discriminate based on religious principles, particularly against gays and lesbians. Sparks flew in Annapolis on Wednesday over how Maryland should respond.

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After days of re-drafting and deliberation, a Senate committee moved forward Tuesday on Gov. Larry Hogan’s charter school reform legislation. But it did so after major re-working. In the end, all but one senator on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved a charter reform bill that looked very little like Hogan’s proposal.

“Nobody’s going to be completely happy,” said Chairman Joan Carter Conway. “I haven’t been happy since the day I saw this bill.”

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There are just more than two weeks until the end of the legislative session in Annapolis. News Director Joel McCord talked to WYPR’s Christopher Connelly about some of the big items in the state house this week. 

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The two chambers of the Maryland General Assembly took up and passed separate bills related to the controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on Tuesday. One would put a moratorium on fracking until a panel can study the potential public health consequences. The other sets strict standards to hold gas drillers accountable if those consequences occur.

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