Aren't you glad you don't live in Maryland? (ironically called "The Free State"

Aren't you glad you don't live in Maryland? (ironically called "The Free State"

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    Aren't you glad you don't live in Maryland? (ironically called "The Free State"

    As if gun bans aren't enough, now they're going to tax RAIN!

    Here?s What?s Included in Maryland?s Controversial ?Rain Tax? (It?s Exactly What It Sounds Like)

    Marylanders... run for your lives!
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    I work at a university which is getting ready to do the exact same thing. Starting in July, departments will be charged per unit area of impervious surface area, a storm water fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noway2 View Post
    I work at a university which is getting ready to do the exact same thing. Starting in July, departments will be charged per unit area of impervious surface area, a storm water fee.
    You're kidding. The infection is spreading.

    Is this something the university is doing on it's own or is the city/state in on it?
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    Here's what I find interesting;

    The state is levying this tax to pay for the 14.8 billion dollar fine that the Obama administration slapped them with back in 2010 for having the audacity to allow their rain water to drain into the Chesapeake bay.

    Yet, Maryland still voted for Obama in the recent election by a 26.1% margin. I'd say that they like having the fool taxed out of them!

    No sympathy here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noway2 View Post
    I work at a university which is getting ready to do the exact same thing. Starting in July, departments will be charged per unit area of impervious surface area, a storm water fee.
    I haven't looked at the video yet JL but from Noway2 said I think I get it. We've had the same tax in my town about 3 years now. It was added to my sewer/garbage/recycling bill. The city found another way to screw me. Based on the water coming thru my PUD meter. This tax varies month to month I think. The storm water fee is $6.10+tax. (Regular sales tax.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Here's what I find interesting;

    The state is levying this tax to pay for the 14.8 billion dollar fine that the Obama administration slapped them with back in 2010 for having the audacity to allow their rain water to drain into the Chesapeake bay.

    Yet, Maryland still voted for Obama in the recent election by a 26.1% margin. I'd say that they like having the fool taxed out of them!

    No sympathy here.
    Maryland has the same problem that many states have...the big population centers control the whole state with it's vote. In this case it's Baltimore and Montgomery County (large pop, very Liberal). The voters of Baltimore don't give a hoot about the Chesapeake water issue, all they know is that they're getting "free stuff" and it's the Dems who are making sure that continues. So, that's how they've gotten where they are today. Gov. O'Malley is so Liberal that he makes Obama look right wing.

    Eastern and Western Maryland just have to sit there, take it, and oh yeah...pay up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    I haven't looked at the video yet JL but from Noway2 said I think I get it. We've had the same tax in my town about 3 years now. It was added to my sewer/garbage/recycling bill. The city found another way to screw me. Based on the water coming thru my PUD meter. This tax varies month to month I think. The storm water fee is $6.10+tax. (Regular sales tax.)
    I never knew that...I though this was something MD had thought up. I'm getting an ed-u-macation today!

    Thank God I live in WV. Our Sentaor (Joe Manchin) might want to ruin your lives but so far he's been stopped by the state legislature from ruining ours.
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    If the state can somehow claim domain over the rain that isn't seeping into the ground I think those homeowners should send bills to the state every time 'their' rain occupies the homeowner's roof or pavement. I think invoices for car washing every time 'their' rain gets the homeowner's automobile dirty would be a good idea as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
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    Eastern and Western Maryland just has to sit there, take it, and oh yeah...pay up.
    Or move out.

    I know, it's sad. I have a friend that lives up there that I've been trying to convince for years to moved down here (he'd make for a great business partner). But seriously, if South Carolina goes liberal tomorrow and starts throwing out stupid stuff like this, I'll pack up and leave. People need to vote with their feet.
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    Pretty soon there won't be anywhere left to move to.
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    Guess what, it is already being tried here in Charlottesville. They plan on taxing based on the square footage of your roof. They don't call it a tax, they call it a fee for rain run off. They claim it will add less than $10 a year but how much will it be later on. When will there be a fee on the air we breathe? They can call it a carbon dioxide production fee.

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    C'Ville is doing that?! Nooooo, say it's not true!`

    Remember "The Taxman" by the Beatles? Turns out they were right:

    Let me tell you how it will be
    There's one for you, nineteen for me
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don't take it all
    'Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman

    If you drive a car, I'll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I'll tax your seat.
    If you get too cold I'll tax the heat,
    If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet.
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    Just how will Obama fine someone or Maryland tax someone for rain that falls directly into the Bay I wonder. Pay some federal hacks to sit about 30 feet apart and count the splashes on the surface per minute??
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    I hate to say much but>>>>>>>> Storm water runoff is a big problem for highly populated areas, it washes all kinds of dangerous chemicals into the water supply and into the ecosystem. It effects quality of life for everyone. When we were all agriculture oriented and not as paved more of the water sank in. We did not use the synthetic chemicals for our crops, our laundry, etc. They can cause all kinds of problems, the nitrates and phosphates increase algae which can deplete the oxygen level in the water and cause fish kills and other problems. Rain tax or Storm water management tax call it what you want, is trying to solve problems caused by packing humanity closer and closer together. Ok I will get off the soap box and probably be flamed terribly for my post, but excess runoff causes all kinds of problems.

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    Nothing new. Houston passed a rain tax a couple of years ago. Sad part is that it was voted for by the residents. I'm glad I don't live in Houston.

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