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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    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
    I'm not a rightwinger, so your first sentence is foreign to me. But please explain the rest. I'm not arguing, just wondering how taxing people will reduce the runoff. Wouldn't eliminating the pollution be the way to go here?

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    I'm not a rightwinger, so your first sentence is foreign to me. But please explain the rest. I'm not arguing, just wondering how taxing people will reduce the runoff. Wouldn't eliminating the pollution be the way to go here?
    The pollution of runoff is caused by numerous factors which are too difficult to control, and often, impossible to control without completely re-organizing our economy and culture. These sources of pollution include tailpipe emission, fluids leaking from trucks and car, soil, pesticides and fertilizers, pet waste, detergents, lawn clippings, and host of other things which are spread diffusely and would require a totalitarian govt to eliminate. So eliminating the pollution is not feasible.

    Contrary to the hysteria of the wingnuts, rain is not being taxed. Covering permeable ground with impermeable materials is being taxed. People can (and according to economic theory, will) reduce their tax burden by reducing the amount of ground that is covered with impermeable materials. Once some of this impermeable material is removed, there will be more permeable ground to soak up these pollutants, so the rain won't run off these pollutants into the water.

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Wouldn't surprise me if they started taxing everyone for everytime they wiped their backsides. They could call it the "Bend Over" tax.

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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Binky View Post
    Wouldn't surprise me if they started taxing everyone for everytime they wiped their backsides. They could call it the "Bend Over" tax.
    *sniffle* but what about my right to pollute?
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post


    The Governor signed a bill which was passed by the legislature last year.

    Those who are not happy might want to vote for someone else next time.

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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?
    Just the mindset of a Maryland politician. If they can find a way to get more money then it's a good idea regardless of the reason they give for it.
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I bet O'Malley has I'm Only Happy When it Rains on a constant loop.
    I think he dreaming for more big box stores since the bigger your roof the bigger the tax. Some places are considering up to $30k/year tax for businesses.
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    I watched the Bay and it's tributaries almost die, the tax isn't on rain but what the rain washes into the Bay....
    And yet none of the Eastern Shore counties are effected by the law. Great idea, taxing people in the Catoctin mountains for nitrogen and phosphate run off while leving the million chicken a year ranch next to the Miles River alone.
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    They are taxing the covering of permeable land with unpermeable materials. Obviously, tax this will reduce it, thereby reducing runoff
    Well except for the roads and driveways which is more area than all the roofs and driveways in the effected counties. But those farms in Baltimore City, they have to PAY for all the run off they create!
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    Re: Maryland decides to tax residents when it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Binky View Post
    Wouldn't surprise me if they started taxing everyone for everytime they wiped their backsides. They could call it the "Bend Over" tax.
    They already have that, it's called the Flush Tax and it was implemented 8 years ago to do the exact same thing as the Rain tax is suppose to do.
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