The Governor and General Assembly get their budget powers from Article III, Section 52 of Maryland’s Constitution. This Section also outlines the basics of the budget process. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/43const/html/03art3.html
The Maryland constitution gives the Governor a great deal of executive power in the budget process, more than in most states or in the federal government.
The Governor’s budget proposal includes ALL planned expenditures for the fiscal year and is presented as both a budget bill (insert link) and in detailed budget book volumes.
The State operating budget must be balanced – when the Governor submits it and when the General Assembly approves it.
The Governor has NO VETO POWER once the legislature has passed the operating budget bill.
The operating budget bill becomes law immediately upon final passage, with no further action by the Governor.
Before final action on the budget bill, the Governor may, with the consent of the General Assembly, amend or supplement the budget:
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