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Fri Aug 21, 2015, 04:15 PM

Just to refresh MO'M members: About that Rain Tax….

Call me crazy, but I have a strong feeling after seeing the NRA going after O'MAlley for his stance on Gun control, (See here, I am going to make this an OP is it isn't already) someone is going to inevitably come after him about the raine tax (and no, it wasn't a tax on me… )

Bookmark it and make this link your friend.


http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/06/10/bogus-conservative-media-talking-point-martin-o/203935

But referring to the 2012 legislation in question as a tax on rain is misleading. The Post wrote in an editorial that the "rain tax" is "a good applause line" but "a tougher sell on the merits":

The "rain tax" is, in fact, a federally mandated levy on pollution caused by storm water run-off, one of the main culprits in the tragic, decades-long environmental degradation of the Chesapeake Bay. Established by state legislation passed in 2012, the tax applies to the state's 10 most heavily populated urban and suburban jurisdictions, places with an abundance of hard surfaces -- parking lots, roads, driveways. In those built-up places, storm water carrying sediment, nutrients, trash and a variety of other pollutants washes into nearby streams and rivers, which drain into the bay. Revenues from the tax are meant to help localities adopt programs and build infrastructure to limit the damage from that runoff in order to protect the body of water.


The Baltimore Sun wrote in a June 2014 editorial that "rain tax" claims are "nonsense" since "Maryland does not tax the rain. It has directed its 10 most populous jurisdictions to raise revenue to pay for stormwater management upgrades that will prevent pollution from choking the Chesapeake Bay, per federal environmental regulations." Washington Post reporter Jenna Johnson wrote in a fact check article that "it's more of a pollution tax than a rain tax."

The nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation called the "rain tax" moniker "blatantly false," stating: "The truth is that we are talking about a fee to reduce pollution from water that washes off hard surfaces and empties into local waterways. Runoff pollution is real--it is responsible for no-swimming advisories and beach closures in local waters, fish consumption advisories, and dead zones in the Bay that can't support aquatic life. It also causes localized flooding and property damage. And in many areas, it is the largest source of pollution."

The misleading "rain tax" talking point has repeatedly been used by Maryland Republicans, especially during Larry Hogan's successful run for Maryland governor. In May, Hogan signed SB 863, the "Rain Tax Mandate Repeal (Watershed Protection and Restoration Programs, Revision), which repeals the requirement that forces local jurisdictions to collect a stormwater remediation fee, and instead authorizes such jurisdictions to do so." The Sun reported that "environmentalists worked to get the proposal from an outright repeal of stormwater fees to the version that passed."


http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/fact-check-did-maryland-lt-gov-anthony-g-brown-really-tax-the-rain/2014/09/07/4e587672-36bd-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/md-gop-attacks-on-the-rain-tax-ignore-the-risk-of-runoff-pollution-to-the-chesapeake/2014/08/11/de1a45ba-215f-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-06-26/news/bs-ed-hogan-brown-ad-20140626_1_republican-larry-hogan-ad-tax-hikes

http://www.cbf.org/about-cbf/offices-operations/annapolis-md/the-issues/annapolis-maryland/the-issues/stormwater-fee#rain-tax

The Rain Tax is actually a TAX ON POLLUTION.



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Reply Just to refresh MO'M members: About that Rain Tax…. (Original post)
Raine1967 Aug 2015 OP
elleng Aug 2015 #1
Koinos Aug 2015 #2
elleng Aug 2015 #3
lovemydog Aug 2015 #4
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #5
Koinos Aug 2015 #6
Raine1967 Aug 2015 #7

Response to Raine1967 (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 04:23 PM

1. I've posted this explanation @ facebook 1/2 dozen times!!!

'Rain tax' my a**!!!

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Response to Raine1967 (Original post)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 04:41 PM

2. Keep it up, Raine!

Nothing raises my blood pressure more than senseless and uninformed attacks on the GOOD things that O'Malley has done.

Taxes helped Maryland become the wonderful state it became under O'Malley. Now it is all "going down the drain" with Hogan.

Citizens get what they pay for. There is no free ride with education, the environment, health care, and other services.

Europeans (especially Scandinavians) understand that. What is wrong with Americans? The wealthiest Americans are especially undertaxed.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 21, 2015, 07:12 PM

3. Citizens get what they pay for. There is no free ride with education, the environment, health care.

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Response to Raine1967 (Original post)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 06:46 PM

4. Thanks Raine!

I knew O'Malley would never tax you or rain.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 22, 2015, 11:51 PM

5. anytime!

I know I can be taxing sometimes… just ask my family!

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:23 PM

6. From Portia's speech in Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice"

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle Raine from heaven
Upon the place beneath.

Please pardon the slight spelling modification.

Raine could never be taxing.

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Response to Koinos (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 24, 2015, 07:27 PM

7. Aww, That's pretty sweet!

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