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Kevin Kamenetz
From 'rain tax' comes street sweeping program [Editorial]

The passage of time has a way of revealing facets of a controversy that provide new perspective. This is the case with the so-called "rain tax" and its implementation in Baltimore County. Maryland's Stormwater Management Watershed and Restoration Program emerged from the state legislature to wide scorn in 2012. It was immediately dubbed the "rain tax" by many, and commentators, especially conservatives, held it up as another example of government putting its hand in homeowners' pockets for a wasteful program. To be sure, the implementation by the state, at least initially, was clumsy. The counties that faced imposing the fee were simply handed a bill and...