And that's the key to Mr. Schuh's fiscal plans: encouraging economic growth. New development falls outside of the tax cap, and provided that Mr. Schuh can foster economic growth, his plans should work. And this is where Mr. Schuh's background and good sense are important. He is a self-made man with a background in finance and as an entrepreneur — he owns a variety of successful businesses, primarily restaurants. He also has emerged during the last eight years as one of the sharpest fiscal minds from either party in Annapolis. He is not some wild-eyed Maryland version of Sam Brownback, the Kansas governor who slashed taxes so deeply that the state's economy tanked and its credit was downgraded. Mr. Schuh can be trusted, above all, to do the math. He is not one to indulge in faith-based budgeting, and we believe him when he says he favors a gradual approach that leaves plenty of room for adjustment along the way.