The message is consistent with what Hogan talked about during his campaign when he said Maryland needed to become more business friendly by cutting through bureaucratic red tape. Not surprisingly, the commission confirmed Hogan's beliefs, saying that state agencies and departments sometimes had duplicative missions and overlapping authority. "It is no secret that Maryland's state government has long held a glaring bureaucratic, uncooperative reputation," according to the report. "This is a systemic, cultural disease that needs to be eliminated. Response times are inconsistent and often, it requires communication with an elected official to get the wheels turning."