Maryland should follow Virginia in striking down rain tax [Letter]

As reported by Rusty Weiss on January 10, 2013, "…. a federal judge struck down the attempt to regulate stormwater runoff as a breach of authority. The judge, U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady, ruled that the EPA had exceeded their authority in trying to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek because it was a pollutant."

By not appealing its own EPA demand, Maryland's Tax and Spend government has not acted in the interests of taxpaying citizens. Instead, our elected officials add this new "rain tax" to: recent "sin" tax increases, recent sales tax increases, recent road and bridge toll increases, recent increases in licensing and other fees, recent state income tax increases — the list goes on.

Furthermore, the "rain tax" is the result of demands made by a Federal Agency, which is responding to a President's executive order (May 2009). Does an executive order or a Federal Agency have the power to force citizens to pay? Isn't this basically taxation without representation?

Hence, our state is simply going along for the ride on a murky road to nowhere, except to a place for us to pay more and more and more.

Thank you Governor O'Malley (who wants to run for president!).

Edward Walsh


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