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    MD - The state that will tax anything that moves, clearly a model Dem. St. This is silly in the extreme and will just add to the tax burden of those unfortunate enough to live in MD.
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    To be fair, Maryland more often taxes anything that does not move. I moved, in fact, because Maryland's taxes were far worse than any of their neighbors.
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    @Ryuo - I find it interesting that the Maryland Ds introduced legislation to relax the Corporate tax recently. I can't remember the bill number for your reference.
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    @Rocker you're a bit off on the facts:

    SB34 was a Republican bill to reduce the corporate tax rate down to match Virginia's, effective immediately. The Democrats countered with SB411, which would do the same thing, but gradually. It was obvious to everybody who could do math that driving Maryland businesses to Virginia was not helping Maryland's tax revenue.
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    Yeah ... that won't happen especially when big business is to blame so they shift the burden over to the less knowledgeable taxpayer because they're easier to brainwash and most won't bother to research or even question it. Some people are still under the delusion that government is their to protect them and would never lie for monetary gain ... rotflmao!
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    @jessejaymes Didn't read the article, did you? It points out that this issue has been ongoing for years and, in fact, the EPA does want to charge the "companies" that pollute the Bay. The problem is those companies are U.S. farmers who are already struggling and who definitely do not want to cut down on their pesticide and fertilizer use. It involves several states, not just Maryland. As for property owners surrounding the Bay? It is true that rainwater runoff from non-permeable surfaces do contribute to water pollution. That's just a fact. So by your own reasoning, it seems property owners, too, have their percentage of the responsibility to own up to.
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    Here we go again ... more bullshit government taxes ...why don't charge a tax for exhaling and say that people are polluting the air by breathing ... lol

    The major problem with the Chesapeake Bay from what I heard from EPA sources is chicken shit ... yeah ... I wish I was kidding but I'm not ... google it if you doubt me!

    Typical corporate farming practices!
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    I'm pretty sure the problem with the Bay is more than chicken shit.

    HOWEVER, forcing the ones who profited by it's near destruction clearly is off the table.

    Imagine that.
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    @TheHandsomeOne

    Yeah ...it's more than chicken shit because I heard someone say the dairy farmer were involved too but managed to weasel out of the lawsuit ... so add cow shit to the list!
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    Well. You do exhale CO2 with each breath. Maybe you are on to something. We can call it the Breath Tax. It could also reduce existing tax credits to families, as the number of children would also be breathing, and that cost must be distributed somehow.
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    @JustTheFacts .... well I'm sure the locals have told me there are some toxic problems and that could very well be from DC's commodes being emptied into the bay.
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    @Firestorm - Let's really confound the bastards. On three, everyone fart! One ... two ... THREE!......... was that good for you, America? Air pollution and global warming in one fell swoop.
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    'rain tax'? LOL!!!
    what about an air tax, what about a time tax...Oh the liberal ideals
    These folks are so radical...Kick them out of any type of Government Jobs...fire them all!!
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    This is patently absurd. Citizens have no say in the rain. Act of "God". Insurance companies can avoid paying for "acts of God" but citizens have to pay? In Long Beach once upon a time I was having the city property sidewalk power sprayed every week to keep it clean. City guy comes by and tells me we're in violation of the run off laws. Seems the chewing gum and dirt would cause run off that pollutes the ocean. I asked him how if he knew there was also a law about keeping the storefronts clean? His response? Mop the sidewalk. I took that one to city council and they decided that power spraying THEIR sidewalks was OK after all. Since they paid millions to capture dirt and gum at the mouth of the drains before it ran into the ocean. You can never overestimate the stupidity of government.
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    I notice there are no comments about the EPA's unrestrained power in ordering a state to clean up an area while leaving the state to struggle to cover the cost. The EPA has no checks and balances to reign it in. Consequently it is filled with career bureaucratic environmental extremists who are free to impose their environmental utopia on the tax payers.
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    @Realthinker AS USUAL I am in the middle ground between you conservatives and the liberals. The bay needs cleaning up. But they are not cleaning up that bay. They are allowing corporations to continue to pollute the bay while charging non polluting citizens for "polluting" via rainwater. This is ABSURD.
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    @jessejaymes Property owners aren't "non polluting" citizens. I know you don't like it but the fact is that runoff from suburban and urban roadways and rooftops do pollute. It would be good if the industrial polluters were billed, too, but this little article doesn't begin to address the efforts that are being made to do that.
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    Wow! We are now going to tax people for rain I have heard it all now. Why are they not making Big businesses that are the true polluter's? Oh that's right they have local officials and the State Reps in their pockets. The United States is becoming one big joke!
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    Good Maryland definitely deserves what it gets. Tax away.

    How about a tax on taxes??? That will really get the left-wingers happy!
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    Republicans are very big on "Pay for what you use. Take responsibility." This sounds like it's doing just that -- the more your property impacts the problem, the more you put into the system that fixes it.
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    We should impose a "politician BS tax" on all politicians. The crap they are forcing into our lives is part of the control plan of the elitists...take up our time, our money, our energy, our resources, etc. to save the planet for some imaginary generation that is not going to care...remember the attitudes of those who receive entitlements? They'll get a nice planet and blow it up and throw their beer cans all over the place anyway. Why is it that, those who want to save the planet still drive cars, fly planes, clear wildlife habitat for their mansions and breed too many people. They still eat processed food that has extra wrappings and they still buy their plastic bottled waters so they have something to recycle...Hey environmentalists, all YOUR crap has to go somewhere too. But, you are just happy it s is out of your sight. Imagine all the mining for ore, the logging for veneer, the trucking/shipping exhausts, the burning in factories of coal and gas, the animals killed for leather, the natural resources used up FOR YOUR ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CAR . And the same holds true for your house...ever consider using one previously built? Reminds me of Al Gore who burns more carbon emissions, flying to one environmentalist meeting , than I will burn in a lifetime. Hypocrits!
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    You may already be paying something similar without realizing it. I know that my city sewer bill goes up when it rains because I am charged for rain run-off, but that's a fee, not a tax.
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    Not a unique situation. El Paso county Colorado is dealing with the same problem, except that toxic runoff flows down the Fountain Creek to agricultural areas. It's not cheap to fix, but what choice is there?
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    @DARSB No it's not. The corporate polluters continue to pollute the bay and nothing is being done about it. To tax citizens for rain runoff while ignoring the greater problem is nothing more than business as usual. Government seeking revenue.
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    @DARSB I am not aware of the situation in Colorado so I can't speak to that. But I am aware of the "Heal the bay" projects on the coasts all over America. Corporations get credits to sell among themselves and the bays get totally polluted regardless and then to tax citizens because of the runoff from the rain? Ludicrous. No Bay on the coastline of America would have any problem absorbing what little pollution there is involved in rainwater run off it THAT was the ONLY pollution they had to deal with. Corporations are killing our waterways. Taxing the working class for rainwater runoff is like taxing a mouse for how much cheese they eat in the home of a 600 lb obese cheeseaholic.
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