Reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is an important goal, but the “rain tax” is a convoluted scheme that is poorly conceived and poorly executed. Of the seven states that are required by the EPA to comply with the TMDL, only Maryland has chosen to levy a tax – not a tremendous surprise given the state’s tax addiction.

The 10 counties currently subjected to the Rain Tax represent just 13% of the entire Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This is a regional issue and ten Maryland counties won’t be able to fix the problem on their own.

With 10 different counties having 10 different tax rates and 10 different ways of defining taxable units, the Rain Tax is complicated and confusing and certainly not the straightforward policy needed for the task of bay clean-up.

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