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The Maryland "Rain Tax"

In 2010 the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency ordered Maryland to reduce stormwater runoff into the Chesapeake Bay so that nitrogen levels fall 22 percent and phosphorus falls 15 percent from current amounts. The price tag: $14.8 billion.

And where do we get the $14.8 billion? By taxing so-called “impervious surfaces,” anything that prevents rain water from seeping into the earth (roofs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, etc.) thereby causing storm water run off. In other words, a rain tax.

And who levies this new rain tax? Witness how taxation, like rain, trickles down through the various pervious levels of government until it reaches the impervious level — me and you.

The EPA ordered Maryland to raise the money (an unfunded mandate), Maryland ordered its 10 largest counties to raise the money (another unfunded mandate) and, now, each of those counties is putting a local rain tax in place by July 1.

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If you pee on a politician's leg and tell them it's raining,

do they have to pay this tax?

We have had...

We have had the rain tax here in Washington state for decades. My house is the lowest in the neighborhood and my property gets the run-off from the city's streets. Zero rainwater leaves my property and flows onto the city's property but I get taxed because of the impervious surfaces on my property. I should impose a tax on the city for having to deal with its rainwater run-off.

So connect Maryland to Oregon with a hose

Then you can send your water there where they get told they can't stop their runoff from entering the storm infrastructure. ROFL

Good grief!

Punk federal government + weak state government = : (

I wonder what the policy in MD is regarding rain collection barrels and such... hmmmm.....

What would the Founders do?

Believing in government in any form called being a weakling and a punk.

I'm finding that I agree more and more

with your statement.

What would the Founders do?