Stormwater Fee

Hogan must explain his antipathy toward stormwater control

Hogan must explain his antipathy toward stormwater control

A number of factors contributed to Gov. Larry Hogan’s 2014 victory, a major one being a new law meant to deal with stormwater runoff dubbed “the rain tax” by Mr. Hogan and his supporters. The “Stormwater Management - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program,” or House Bill 987, placed a user fee on property owners to compensate for polluted runoff coming from properties located in Maryland’s 10 most populous jurisdictions. These fees were used to construct infrastructure to reduce flooding and erosion.

Republicans in Maryland made political hay out of House Bill 987 — Mr. Hogan even handed out...

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