Hogan May Not Be Able to Kill the Rain Tax

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Hogan's acceptance speech (via WJZ-TV)
Hogan’s acceptance speech (via WJZ-TV)

When Gov. Larry Hogan got elected in an upset, some credited the general opposition to Maryland’s “rain tax.” Hogan’s campaign capitalized on that opposition big time, even handing out promotional umbrellas with the words “Who’ll stop the rain (tax)?” But he may not be able to stop it after all.

The Washington Post reports that Hogan’s put together a bill to repeal the stormwater remediation fee, while allowing those jurisdictions that want to keep it to do so. The governor says he’s definitely going to tackle pollution in the Chesapeake Bay his own way, but what that way entails has yet to be determined. (Can’t wait!)

House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch is “doubtful” that the bill will pass his chamber. Busch called Hogan’s anti-rain tax promise “political rhetoric without a whole lot of substance behind it.”

According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, 65 percent of Maryland residents favor a repeal of the tax.


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