Hogan's staff also includes people who know Maryland politics well, and communication with them was, from her perspective, quite easy. "Among his staff there's a difference in philosophy that gets us all caught up sometimes," McIntosh says. "For some, it's 'my way or the highway,' while others understand that there are priority areas in which the governor can make only incremental progress." Governance is, in McIntosh's words, "a marathon, not a sprint." And, as she and others have pointed out, Hogan made big progress on some of his priority issues, including passing a budget that included no revenue increases (another way of saying taxes).