Indeed, Mr. Busch announced the creation of a Business Climate Workgroup on Jan. 29, 2013. He and Mr. Miller agreed in the fall of that year to develop a joint legislative agenda around business competitiveness issues. Mr. Hogan declared his candidacy on Jan. 21, 2014. The presiding officers announced the details of their agenda on Jan. 24, 2014. We suppose they could have pulled some all-nighters during those three days to cobble it together after Mr. Hogan's campaign became official, but we doubt it. At the time, the economist Anirban Basu, who later became a top adviser to Mr. Hogan, called the legislators' efforts "a shockingly good start." David Brinkley, then a state senator and now Mr. Hogan's budget secretary, observed that "the leadership in the legislature is trying to set the stage for the next governor, whoever he or she might be, that this is something that needs to be addressed."