No, really: Maryland has a tax on rain now

posted at 9:21 pm on April 18, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Oh, my neighbors to the near north are always finding new and interesting ways to torment their citizens with new taxes. The state just plopped an escalating tax on top of its 23.5-cent gas tax, and now there’s a tax on rainfall.

Rain has a price. A last ditch attempt to delay a new stormwater fee failed this week and now Maryland residents could get an unexpected bill this summer.

When rain falls, pollutants get flushed into the Chesapeake Bay and because of that the fees will go into effect – a move critics are slamming as a “rain tax.”

The Watershed Protection and Restoration Program was signed into law in April 2012. It established “a system of stormwater remediation fees and a local watershed protection and restoration fund,” according to the Maryland Department of Environment’s Water Management Administration.

Residents in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Charles counties already pay a similar fee but it will soon apply to residents and businesses in all of Maryland’s 10 largest jurisdictions:

Anne Arundel County
Baltimore City
Baltimore County
Carroll County
Charles County
Frederick County
Harford County
Howard County
Montgomery County
Prince George’s County

Not incidentally, those 10 jurisdictions are also where all the moolah is in Maryland. The Baltimore Sun, which totes loves this tax explains the rationale:

In 2012, the legislature approved a new program to reduce the fastest-growing source of water pollution in this state: stormwater runoff. What may fall as ordinary rain quickly picks up such contaminants as lawn and garden fertilizers, pet waste, septic tank overflow, chemicals like motor oil, litter and chemicals produced by cars and industry.

Hard, impervious surfaces make this problem much worse. Instead of naturally filtering into the ground, the pollution is sped along to vulnerable streams and rivers and eventually, at least for most of the state, the Chesapeake Bay.

These hard surfaces, such as roads and buildings, have rapidly increased over the last two decades. Between 1990 and 2007, the amount grew by an estimated 34 percent in the bay watershed even as population grew by only 18 percent. Lawmakers finally recognized that something needed to be done — particularly if the state and local governments are to meet the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet” goals enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Note that Maryland’s hand is not exactly being forced by the EPA, here, as the Sun implies. A federal court ruled in January that the EPA cannot enforce “pollution diet” goals by taking a “surrogate approach” to regulating rainfall runoff.

And, in Maryland, good luck trusting the government to actually use this fund for its stated purpose. Here’s the reason Maryland has a new gas tax, as I noted in February:

Governed by Democratic presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley, the state raided more than $1 billion from the Maryland Transportation Trust Fund to pay for non-transportation projects. After appropriating those funds for the General Fund and refusing to put them back, O’Malley is of course asking for a hefty gas tax increase…for underfunded transportation priorities. Maryland is essentially a one-party state, but one Democrat, State Comptroller Peter Franchot has warned O’Malley’s gas tax hike will hurt the economy and won’t even be used to improve infrastructure.

“If we move forward in this direction with this gas tax increase, it’s going to be for general fund relief, not traffic congestion relief.”

Photo credit for front-page photo to Moyan Brenn on Flickr.


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No prob..
Plant some more money trees…

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Good for Maryland. A proactive approach to the hazards of pollution is needed. Sounds like a nice state.

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

How about a stupid tax on the pols in D. C.?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

When rain falls, pollutants get flushed into the Chesapeake Bay and because of that the fees will go into effect – a move critics are slamming as a “rain tax.”

Nature doin’ it’s thing..
And people must pay…

Electrongod on April 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

This will fix the M. E.:

UN Security Council: Escalating violence in Syria is ‘completely unacceptable and must end immediately’ – @Reuters

(‘Bout as intelligent as Arnie.)

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Don’t give Moonbeam and the Dems in the California legislature any ideas please!!

jeffinsjvca on April 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The Mid-Atlantic California. You numbnuts voted for these dipshits for their big government handouts. You forgot the other half of their agenda. Enjoy.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I’d like to say that it is a blue state nanny government thing, but the city of Dallas has done that for a while.

I have a vacant lot, with no services, that gets a monthly water bill. That’s how they bill for runoff here.

cozmo on April 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

I’m asthmatic. I use a rescue inhaler when short of breath. The rescue inhaler is a medical device, taxed by Obamacare. So I’m taxed for breathing. And now a rain tax.

Insane times.

rbj on April 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

A couple years ago, I heard that the numerous chicken farms in Maryland were the cause of the pollutants draining into the Chesapeake. This plus all of the fertilizer used in farming in PA drains eventually into the C. Bay. Apparently the oystering and crabbing in the Bay is being adversely affected.

How this tax is supposed to remedy the problem is anybody’s guess.

onlineanalyst on April 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

How about a stupid tax on the pols in D. C.?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Tax them at the rate of .000000000000000000000001% of their stupidity. Pay off the 16 trillion in 30 days.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

What took them so long? The local Republicans started taxing us for rain years ago.

joekenha on April 18, 2013 at 9:34 PM

They (environMENTALists) really want us all to live in caves I swear!

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

So, I moved from one loony one-party bay state on the west coast to another one-party bay state on the east coast.
Getting charged 5 cents for a bag at Subway is irritating, too.

Count to 10 on April 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Don’t give Moonbeam and the Dems in the California legislature any ideas please!!

jeffinsjvca on April 18, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Good thing we don’t have much rain here, eh :)

jimver on April 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Same thing just went into effect the first of this year where I live. An extra monthly fee is being charged based on the square footage of your home and something or the other about how much rain runs off the roof.

Doesn’t matter if it rains or not.

GrannyDee on April 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

This is a tax by fraud. And one of the stated uses is education re global warming. In other words this is nothing but another liberal slush fund.

pat on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

How about a stupid tax on the pols in D. C.?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

DC has a 10% “prepared food” tax, just so the locals can stick it to the politicians and tourists.

Count to 10 on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

if it’s wet, tax it.
if it moves, tax it.
if it breathes, tax it.
if it grows, tax it.
if it dies, tax it.
if it’s hot, tax it.
if it’s edible, tax it.
if it’s cold, tax it.
if it lives, tax it.

Did I forget anything?

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Tyrannical commies

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Well,

caution:

Politically Slippery When Wet!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I’m asthmatic. I use a rescue inhaler when short of breath. The rescue inhaler is a medical device, taxed by Obamacare. So I’m taxed for breathing. And now a rain tax.

Insane times.

rbj on April 18, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Take it easy brother. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIuyDWzctgY

S. D. on April 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Wait there’s more. In some states you are not supposed to collect rain runoff (from roof gutters) for later use—like on plants that enjoy pure water.

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Los Angeles County attempted to do this a few months ago. They were going to charge a yearly fee to property owners. They shelved it for now because of heavy opposition.

Mark1971 on April 18, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Did I forget anything?

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Impending decomposition tax. In the fall, naughty leaves rot, releasing various toxins. I just thought of it.

You’re welcome, New England!

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Pitch forks and torches time, I`m tellin` ya!

ThePrez on April 18, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Politically Slippery When Wet!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 18, 2013 at 9:41 PM

You trying to say, “Slippery-when-wet slope” — ? :)

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Pshaw – Houston is way ahead of them

Corsair on April 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

ah population growth is the problem they say …. and we import about 15,000,000 mostly poor legal immigrants every 10 years and allow untold millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS into the US

Aggie95 on April 18, 2013 at 9:56 PM

The accents are…amazing. How did they come about?

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Hodge podgey. More than one.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:57 PM

*Wrong thread, sorry. Above was Boston accents. Yonder.

Axe on April 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

I grew up on that bay. Left it for AZ.

True story: I once saw O’malley crawling on his hands and knees, puke all over himself down the sidewalk of Fells Point.(bar strip) escorted by 2 baltimore cops. Cussing out everyone in sight. When he first became mayor.

He had yack dripping from his face. He couldn’t even get off his hands and knees. Crawling….

Wasted.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

*this* is why I left…

affenhauer on April 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Wasn’t Maryland where the Agenda 21 bullcrap was first introduced?

PatriotGal2257 on April 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

This is not a rain tax, it’s a slush fund for MO’M's presidential run in 2016.

There’s no way Marty O’Malley can compete with Clinton and Biden so his hopes for making it past the first round are slim –unless he can hit them early and often with negative ads. The only way he can do that is with adequate funding, and the only people willing to prop him up are Maryland democrats. The problem for Marty is, there aren’t enough Maryland democrats. So, he collects this mandatory “tax” from 9 Maryland counties and Baltimore City (apparently toxins only flow east as none of the eastern shore counties will be tapped) and will funnel a significant portion of it to the Sierra Club for “monitoring”. The Sierra Club will return a large share of it in the form of campaign contributions hoping to level the playing field and maybe Marty can score the upset.

Follow the money; the Sierra Club is big in Maryland and has shown strong support for MO’M in the past.

BKeyser on April 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

And in St. Louis, the metro sewer water utility charges you similarly according to how much impervious surface you have.

Not much of a difference between a state charging a tax for it or a utility charging fee rates based on the same premise and/or general concern.

Logus on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Minneapolis, MN does as well. It’s basically a calculation of the size of your house divided by the size of your lot, because big houses cause more run off into the sewers, I guess?

In reality, it’s just another way for them to tax the “rich”.

strictnein on April 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

This only applies to certain counties in Maryland, most of which are agricultural or rural counties. The Dem controlled base counties are not affected.

I live in Carroll County and it’s one of the nine included and also heavily non O’Malley. I live on a farm with. 1/4 mile ‘non impermeable’ drive with numerous barns and outbuildings.

So I guess I’ll be paying like I have to for the ‘flush tax’ due to having a septic system.

I’m glad to report that the law states that the tax collected will be for Bay remediation not for ‘general fund use’. I don’t want to be sceptic all but heard that before and that’s a lie in Maryland

Maryland is a beautiful place to live but run by Commies

Britcop on April 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Who cares about the fish, crabs, and oysters anyways?

You need about fifty liscenses, permits, tags with fees to row a boat out to catch them..

But growing up there so long ago was different. When the fields had pheasant, and I didn’t have to fill out a form to catch a rockfish.

Eff that place.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

And in St. Louis, the metro sewer water utility charges you similarly according to how much impervious surface you have.

Not much of a difference between a state charging a tax for it or a utility charging fee rates based on the same premise and/or general concern.

Logus on April 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

What have bills gone up the past three years? 40%?

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

This only applies to certain counties in Maryland, most of which are agricultural or rural counties. The Dem controlled base counties are not affected.

Maryland is a beautiful place to live but run by Commies

Britcop on April 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Isn’t that funny? CA for many years exempted the Coast and Bay area from smog checks but eff the Central Valley. Later it was found that the Bay area did contribute a significant amount of air pollution that drifted down to us no count red haired okie—now Jose’s stepchildren.

arnold ziffel on April 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Mikulski, Hoyer. List off all the jackwads. It’s a long list.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Yeah, well, I own an affected business. Delaware, here I come.

MTF on April 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I know I can’t be the first with this one.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

You are wrong. Balt. Co is ag?

It’s the Counties that line the bay.

How many cars you see with obama, coexist, and save the bay bumper stickers?

(hint, priuses)

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM

And pretty much ALL those Counties are Dem base. The only R Counties are Western MD.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

GrannyDee on April 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Does it show up on your sewer bill or property taxes. I watch my property taxes closely and don’t have any such tax. They can’t get me any other way. I am independent of the grid. Have my own well. A gray water system and a black water system. Sinks and showers go via the gray water system to water plants. Black water system (two toilets) goes into a septic system.

chemman on April 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

The Mid-Atlantic California. You numbnuts voted for these dipshits for their big government handouts. You forgot the other half of their agenda. Enjoy.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Don’t blame me! I voted for Erlich!

nukemhill on April 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Did I forget anything?

Scrumpy on April 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Double the tax for anything forgotten.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

No, really: Maryland has a tax on rain now

Should read: Maryland crime syndicate devises new racketeering scheme.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

And pretty much ALL those Counties are Dem base. The only R Counties are Western MD.
wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 P

Last time I looked at the map – about now in fact – Carroll county is landlocked and not on the bay. We don’t consider ourselves in Western Md although the former railroad of that name founded a college in the county

Also it is 100% R in political make up in the local, state and House of Representatives.

Britcop on April 18, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Tough! A majority of people in Maryland voted for these idiots. They can just dig into their pockets AND PAY!

GarandFan on April 18, 2013 at 11:11 PM

It’s only a matter of time before technology will afford them the opportunity to tax the air we breathe. Or more likely, the carbon dioxide we exhale.

Fazman on April 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

The Mid-Atlantic California. You numbnuts voted for these dipshits for their big government handouts. You forgot the other half of their agenda. Enjoy.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

No, many of us did not vote for these “dipshits.” We live in the rural counties far removed from Baltimore and DC. As a matter of fact, O’Taxme O’Malley doesn’t win most of the counties but he does win in Baltimore City and in Prince Georges, Montgomery and Baltimore counties and that is all it takes.

fight like a girl on April 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

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I will donate $100 if this tax is only to cover the mentioned cost AND is proportional to the property versus the total area of Maryland.

Over 99% percent is public space especially those polluted public roads they talk about.

And the owners of huge acreages, farmland with fertilizers will be charged at discount as well. But Joe Moron citizen who agrees with this tax is just to stupid to figure out that his real cut on the total cleanup cost vs his house lot is insignificant small.

huntingmoose on April 18, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I remember hearing about a proposal to tax properties based on paved area in Charlotte, NC back in the early 1990′s. The logic was that since paved areas could not absorb rainwater, infrastructure had to be maintained to drain it to waterways. On the surface (pun intended), the tax made sense, but one then had to question why the city was able to cover the cost up until that point from property tax revenues.

These days, I’d never trust a tax proposal, no matter how much sense it might seem to make when applied to the specific issue being discussed. Governments always seem to raise taxes in haste, then reallocate revenues in leisure however they wish at the time.

/cue Admiral Ackbar…

Wanderlust on April 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

What have bills gone up the past three years? 40%?

tom daschle concerned on April 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Ha!

You know they want to. Metro Sewer District is ALWAYS crying about having no money. STLMSD would love to be able to raise their rates like Ameren does.

I think my sewer bill has floated around $25 +/- $5 for the last 8 years.

But it is true, Metro Sewer charges you based on your impervious surfaces, such as roofs/coverings and driveways. That is similar to this Maryland tax – though the rate is evidently not the same.

I recall a few years ago in my town a civic structure was built by a creek. The city spent extra money and used porous concrete for the parking lot so that Metro Sewer wouldn’t charge them a higher rate for the site. Personally I think the whole thing was a dirty wash…

Logus on April 19, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Juan Williams seemed fine with it Wednesday night on Fox News. He wouldn’t reply when questioned if the state could tax the sunshine you absorb, too.

It’s adorable that a sweet Carolina girl is trusting enough to think she can befriend the enemy with a big ol’ hunk o’ Christian fellowship, but I just hope you don’t have to learn the hard way that these leftists will stab you in the back the second it becomes convenient.

Adjoran on April 19, 2013 at 12:16 AM

How about a stupid tax on the pols in D. C.?

davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Can’t afford it.

But like all taxes, we’re paying for it regardless.

BlaxPac on April 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

As a MD resident, the Rain Tax to me is a red herring; more tax money to spend on other things besides the Bay. This “problem” has a minor impact on the Bay compared to other sources and as of now is not applicable to Cecil County. However, the population of 110,000 in Cecil County is going to spend an estimated $600 million on “fixes” on problems that do little damage to the Bay when compared to the Susquehanna River’s inflow from PA and NY and the silt behind the 3 dams on the river; the two north ones in PA are full and the Conowingo Dam, several miles inside MD, is close to full. The Department of the Interior released a report that exposed the problem where as the EPA and the MD government went after the people of MD. The report had a picture of the 100 mile silt plume down the Bay beyond the Conowingo Dam after a storm; that is certainly something that is impressive and would have made a huge impact on the public. Few have seen it since the media have not presented it. If you are interested go here: http://www.gunvaluesboard.com/more-people-control-in-discise-1309.html

amr on April 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Maryland is a dysfunctional, one-party state, like California.

Whoever mentioned the Montgomery County 5-cent bag tax… I hate it. I keep a dozen paper bags with handles in my truck for shopping.

A couple of months ago, I designed this anti-tax car magnet and placed it on my car. My son has one, too.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 19, 2013 at 3:14 AM

The Mid-Atlantic California. You numbnuts voted for these dipshits for their big government handouts. You forgot the other half of their agenda. Enjoy.

msupertas on April 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Don’t blame me! I voted for Erlich!

nukemhill on April 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

As did I nukem, though, to be fair, you could vote for an inanimate carbon rod and get the same results. MD is too far gone politically, and needs to fall on its face fiscally before anything changes.

After the horrid gun bill that was passed this session I have to wonder how far off that is. I know Baltimore City is broke, and will be insolvent by 2020. One has to wonder what the rest of the state looks like.

And make no mistake, not one cent of this “revenue” will go to what it was meant for. O’Malley needs to fatten up the wallet before the big prez run in ’16.

But don’t worry, the money promised here has already been spent.

Gatsu on April 19, 2013 at 6:05 AM

This is Governor Martin (Moron) O’Malley President wannabe, Mike Busch Speaker of the House, and Thomas Mike Miller Senate head. These three thugs manage to mis-spend more money that the normal mind can grasp.

Maryland, a most beautiful state is being pillaged by these creeps.

Spots the Dog on April 19, 2013 at 6:06 AM

Gosh if taxing more stops pollution we must be making even lily white Heaven envious of our purified nation.

Don L on April 19, 2013 at 7:57 AM

And pretty much ALL those Counties are Dem base. The only R Counties are Western MD.

wolly4321 on April 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Not true.

True Blue – Balto City, and the counties around DC (Mont & PG)

Purple – Anne Arundel, Balto Co, Howard (the ones that surround Balto City)

Quite Red – Carrol, Charles, Frederick, Harford (and a bunch of other counties not listed above, such as the whole Eastern Shore and most of the western and southern counties).

Dems win in MD b/c of the population in the blue areas.

DOOF on April 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Good for Maryland. A proactive approach to the hazards of pollution is needed. Sounds like a nice state…..

to move from.

Vera71 on April 19, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Democratic presidential aspirant Martin O’Malley

Hey, I’m Irish too. Since Condi and Colin can vote for Øbama because he is black, will y’all forgive me for voting this guy if he’s the nominee?

/

Odysseus on April 19, 2013 at 9:30 AM

If you want to see the Bay pollution from space, go here

amr on April 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

If the Baltimore Sun comes out, it won’t rain and taxes will go down in Maryland!

Steve Z on April 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Hard, impervious surfaces make this problem much worse. Instead of naturally filtering into the ground, the pollution is sped along to vulnerable streams and rivers and eventually, at least for most of the state, the Chesapeake Bay.

So let’s just chop up all the asphalt and concrete on Maryland roads, and let the people drive on dirt roads. Then everybody will buy SUVs and burn more gasoline, and mud will wash into the Chesapeake every time it rains. Problem solved!!!

Steve Z on April 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Cool!

Now let’s tax exhaling!!! After all, human beings and animals exhale carbon dioxide, don’t they?

What a bunch of jackasses!!!

patch on April 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

How about a stupid tax on the pols in D. C.?
davidk on April 18, 2013 at 9:25 PM

The pols in DC are not stupid, they are corrupt. The folks that keep sending them back are the setup is ones.

samuelrylander on April 19, 2013 at 11:16 AM

The goal is to get all of your money and then they can give you some small portion back and live like royalty. It is the new serfdom.

jukin3 on April 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Can’t believe no one has quoted yet from the old Beatle’s song, “The Tax Man”

(If you drive a car ), I’ll tax the street,
(If you try to sit ), I’ll tax your seat,
(If you get too cold ), I’ll tax the heat,
(If you take a walk ), I’ll tax your feet.
Taxman.

Who knew the Beatles were fiscal conservatives?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

This only applies to certain counties in Maryland, most of which are agricultural or rural counties. The Dem controlled base counties are not affected.

I live in Carroll County and it’s one of the nine included and also heavily non O’Malley. I live on a farm with. 1/4 mile ‘non impermeable’ drive with numerous barns and outbuildings.

So I guess I’ll be paying like I have to for the ‘flush tax’ due to having a septic system.

I’m glad to report that the law states that the tax collected will be for Bay remediation not for ‘general fund use’. I don’t want to be sceptic all but heard that before and that’s a lie in Maryland

Maryland is a beautiful place to live but run by Commies

Britcop on April 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I miss Carroll County, my old friends and neighbors… but I moved a couple of years ago and I’m soooooo glad I did. This would’ve been the thing that finally made my head explode. lol

Murf76 on April 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

To Maryland:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

GASP

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

GASP

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

GASP

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

SUCKA’S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RealMc on April 19, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I say we have a national turd tax. A dollar for every time you bomb the bowl.

kemojr on April 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Not true.

True Blue – Balto City, and the counties around DC (Mont & PG)

Purple – Anne Arundel, Balto Co, Howard (the ones that surround Balto City)

Quite Red – Carrol, Charles, Frederick, Harford (and a bunch of other counties not listed above, such as the whole Eastern Shore and most of the western and southern counties).

Dems win in MD b/c of the population in the blue areas.

DOOF on April 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM

What’s sad is that it’s become impossible to stop the blue areas from robbing the rest blind. Democrats are dug in like ticks, gorging themselves on the rural areas of the state. If you make and extra nickel, they find a way to take an extra dime… and unfortunately, there comes a point where it’s just not worth the effort any more.

Murf76 on April 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Kemojr, you are too late, MD already as a flush tax. In fact they doubled it last year to $60 a year.

4of8 on April 20, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Liberals deserve all of the lunacy and pain that the liberals they elect bestow upon them.

cajunpatriot on April 20, 2013 at 6:14 PM