Executive Branch

The bogus 'rain tax' repeal

The bogus 'rain tax' repeal

Despite facing a bigger-than-expected budget shortfall, and although he promised a policy blackout until he takes office, Governor-elect Larry Hogan last week publicly reiterated his support for repealing Maryland's "rain tax" while meeting with fellow Republican governors in Florida. He told The Washington Post that while "it was not the biggest or the worst tax," it was the one "people had the largest reaction to, and we are going to repeal it."

Now, setting aside the fact that exactly what constitutes a "repeal" of what is more accurately described as the stormwater remediation fee is unclear (and more about that later), Mr. Hogan has...