Mr. Hogan made the observation Thursday that the vast majority of the budget is formula-driven, which presents him with a double-edged problem. The governor-elect's fiscal adviser, former state senator and Anne Arundel county executive Robert R. Neall, notes that the formulas do not take into account growth in the state's economy or tax revenues. They increase every year whether the state can afford it or not. But addressing that problem isn't something the governor can do on his own. Though he has tremendous authority over the budget, he needs to get the General Assembly's approval to monkey with the formulas for things like K-12 education, Medicaid and support for community colleges. That's not an easy task for any governor, but it could prove even more difficult for a Republican executive faced with a Democratic General Assembly.