Mr. Brown, by contrast, is well versed in all aspects of state government, and his views are clear. After eight years as lieutenant governor and eight as a delegate before that, he knows how to get things done in Annapolis. His promise to make Maryland the No. 1 business climate in the nation may sound laughable, given Mr. O'Malley's evident disinterest in the topic, but Mr. Brown is a different person with different experiences. His time on the House Economic Matters Committee gave him a window into the private sector that Mr. O'Malley never had, and he speaks with greater specificity about what needs to be done to improve Maryland's regulatory climate than Mr. Hogan does. His call for a comprehensive reform of the state's tax structure to make it better reflect Maryland's modern economy is long overdue.