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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by ReformCollege View Post
    Sounds more like mandatory flood insurance. Which is one of those things that is somewhat acceptable to me, because in case of a major flood the government has to end up paying for those who do not have insurance anyways.
    Has nothing to do with flood insurance. It goes towards cleaning up a lake from pollutants. If your house gets flooded you get nothing from this.

    And really? Mandatory flood insurance? And people scoffed at the idea that people would start suggesting other things be mandatory besides health insurance.
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

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    I bet O'Malley has I'm Only Happy When it Rains on a constant loop.
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Has nothing to do with flood insurance. It goes towards cleaning up a lake from pollutants. If your house gets flooded you get nothing from this.

    And really? Mandatory flood insurance? And people scoffed at the idea that people would start suggesting other things be mandatory besides health insurance.
    Well, I'm not in favor of mandatory health insurance. But the government usually ends up picking this bill up anyways, so I don't know.

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    From what I can tell its every time it rains? I don't really know.
    What on earth gave you that idea?

    Look. Doing things costs money. You can implement specific taxes for specific tasks, or lump it all into income taxes, whatever. But you either do it or you don't do it.

    I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems to me that protecting the coastline for a community very economically dependent on its coastline is... a good plan!
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Samhain View Post
    I guess they will have to add an umbrella tax too, since that will create concentrated rainwater runoff.
    Colorado does something like that - rain is considered "state property" and you are charged if you try to collect. #can'tmakethisstuffup.

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    What on earth gave you that idea?

    Look. Doing things costs money. You can implement specific taxes for specific tasks, or lump it all into income taxes, whatever. But you either do it or you don't do it.

    I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems to me that protecting the coastline for a community very economically dependent on its coastline is... a good plan!
    Are they getting rid of the pollutants? If not, then no it is not a good plan, it is a horrible plan and only meant to steal money, not fix the problem.

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    What on earth gave you that idea?

    Look. Doing things costs money. You can implement specific taxes for specific tasks, or lump it all into income taxes, whatever. But you either do it or you don't do it.

    I'm no expert on the subject, but it seems to me that protecting the coastline for a community very economically dependent on its coastline is... a good plan!
    And I much prefer the latter to being nickled and dimed in every single way. Gives a more accurate picture of how much you're paying. I'd like it all much simpler, especially gas taxes
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Why is it that the only remedy that liberals can ever come up with is more taxes, more spending? Knee jerk? I don't think so, I lived there for 20 years.
    I grew up on the Severn River. Learned to sail before I got a driver's license. Swam, water skied, fished, crabbed the Severn and Round Bay for years. Got our bait, snails, off the 3 square reeds that grew in the coves. As I left for the Army the reeds were gone, so were the snails. There was a swimming advisory because of bacteria- couldn't eat the clams, fish or oysters in the Severn. The crab, and oyster populations were crashing in the Bay as the beds of celery grass were dying.

    Sewage, lawn care products, oil and asphalt run-off from roads, poor motor boat maintenance....

    The Chesapeake drainage basin is one of the most remarkable places on earth that has the extreme misfortune to be surrounded by so much development. I never would have bet on the remarkable come back so far, but it is only so far.

    A few years ago my wife and I made a series of trips to see where I grew-up, see Annapolis, go to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton. The huge crabs of my youth were no more but at least there were crabs. Oystering is limited to certain days and certain ways but at least there are still oysters. As a kid I remember duck and goose hunting, pickings were slim at best, now even the once endangered swan are back.

    Now some wags are having a grand ol' time calling it a 'rain tax'. After all the droughts we have been having hear in Oklahoma it is one tax I'd gladly pay out here!

    But it isn't a rain tax but a run-off contamination tax. You know better, that oily sheen you see as a summer rain starts to hit hot black topped roads- it goes somewhere, in Maryland that means the Bay. Those weed killers and fertilizers the suburban lawn of the month winners use creates run-off that goes somewhere, again that means the Bay, for that matter alot of the fertilizer and broadleaf weed killer used in the Eastern Shore corn to feed Tyson Chicken seeps down into the water table and out into the feeder creeks where the immature stages of fish, crab, oysters and waterfowl live.

    I watched the Bay and it's tributaries almost die, the tax isn't on rain but what the rain washes into the Bay....

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    I'm sorry I'm just a simple man, altho I did go to kollig. In California it's illegal in most areas to "collect rainwater" for watering lawns, gardens, etc., now in Maryland you have to pay a tax because rain falls off your roof, driveway etc??? I'm wondering, if a California resident rents in Maryland, and attempts to collect rainwater, will they be fined or taxed??

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I just don't understand how taking money from people is going to all of a sudden stop the pollutants? Am I missing something?
    Gee, I thought that the rightwingers believed that when you tax something, it decreases.

    They are taxing the covering of permeable land with unpermeable materials. Obviously, tax this will reduce it, thereby reducing runoff
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