Gov.-elect Larry Hogan will propose legislation to repeal the storm water remediation fee derided by Republicans as the "rain tax" in his first legislative package next year, his transition team confirmed Wednesday.
The decision, reported on Twitter by WBAL-TV's Dave Collins, is the first specific policy proposal Hogan has outlined since winning election Nov. 4. Collins also reported that Hogan expects the cooperation of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller in dealing with the issue.
Miller told reporters Tuesday that he is open to making changes in the fee but does not foresee outright repeal. Any repeal measure would also likely face resistance in the House, which rejected changes passed by the Senate last year.
It is no surprise that Hogan would make repeal of the fees a priority because attacking the "rain tax" was one of the main themes of Hogan's campaign.
Under a law passed by the General Assembly in 2012, Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions were required to impose fees to pay for storm water cleanup projects mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Most complied -- at least minimally -- but Carroll County refused and was permitted to pay for cleanup out of its existing resources.
Miller said he believes the legislature will likely allow other jurisdictions to follow Carroll County's lead.
Under a law passed by the General Assembly in 2012, Maryland's 10 largest jurisdictions were required to adopt fees to pay for storm water cleanup projects mandated by