OK, there's not a force in the universe that's going to get me to put "stormwater management fee" the the title of any post about this. It's the rain tax, pure and simple, and I will give this to Maryland Republicans. Most of them can't pour water from a shoe if the directions were on the bottom, but they can turn a phrase. And "rain tax" is a good one.
I do think the rain tax is fairly ridiculous. Here's what I also think.
Maryland has to have one due to federal mandate.
Despite all the bay restoration programs in place, the health of the bay is again declining.
The so-called Republican "alternative" rain tax proposal, under which corporations would pay zero, is a proposal that only a political party without a functioning brain stem would make. Whoever put that in (Allan!) deserves to be ashamed, because they (Allan!) have more class than that.
But the Democrats lost the high ground on this and are now getting smacked around, and deservedly so. So enter this article. BTW, here is something from Charlottesville that is written to claim the high ground.
Making changes to this make sense. What sort of changes? How about opportunities for credits so property owners can have their stormwater management feed reduced or eliminated? Hell, maybe even get money back on the deal? Communities like Newport News and Philadelphia are doing this. Here is what's going on in Philly.
Republicans are ideologically dead on this issue, but this is a catchy tune they can play for awhile. So, come on, Democrats, let's show some sack and let's change this thing so it's doing good for the people!