Mr. Brown has not been much better. His own plan for saving money in the state budget is far from concrete, and Mr. Hogan made a good point during the debate to note that the lieutenant governor has had eight years to pursue those ideas. Mr. Brown wants to provide universal pre-K, but his play to pay for it relies on casino revenue that has already been pledged to K-12 education. Would he shortchange those older students? Mr. Brown says that he, too, wants to reduce the tax burden on the middle class, but his plan at this point is to appoint a study commission to look at the state's tax structure, and during today's debate, that exercise appeared to have been downgraded to an effort to identify some targeted tax incentives for businesses.