Mike Miller’s Rain Tax Bill: a Sopping Mess for Tax Payers

By: Robin Bartlett Frazier

Lousy bills are often given nice-sounding names that pressure legislators to vote favorably for those bills.  I was thinking of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act.  How could one possibly be against a bill with that title?  That was the infamous Bathroom Bill that gave transgenders the right to use the bathroom of the opposite sex; a bill that benefits few transgenders and puts all girls at risk.  How about the Sustainable Growth & Agriculture Preservation Act?  Sounds good but that’s the Septic bill that steals property rights without due process or just compensation.  It should be called the Sustainable Smart Growth and Agricultural Decimation bill.

Now we have the Rain Tax Repeal bill, HB 481 /SB 588, which sounds good and has even fooled Republican Senators, but is NOT a good bill for taxpayers.  Senator Miller’s Rain Tax Repeal bill may remove the state mandate for certain counties to implement a Rain Tax (Carroll County previously said NO, as you may recall) but it does what liberals love to do – it grows government bureaucracy.  Here are three ways the Miller bill will cost taxpayers, even in Carroll where we said NO.

  1. The bill will require more reporting and new reporting to the legislature.  Why? Reporting is already in place in order to keep permits current and to be in compliance.  New reporting will mean someone has to develop it, implement it, review it and analyze it.  All counties will have to do this whether they implemented the Rain Tax or not and it means one thing:  More bureaucracy and more taxes.
  2. Veterans are exempt.  What does that mean?  VFWs? Or any property that any veteran owns?  This is not equal protection under the law.    Veterans were willing to fight and die for the freedom of ALL citizens.  I believe they would agree:  if they are exempt, all citizens should be exempt.  Exemptions by the way are usually a red flag that the legislation is poor.   Who will determine which properties are veteran owned, keep those records up to date, answer questions and solve problems?  More bureaucracy and more taxes.
  3. Non-profits may file for a hardship exemption and have a special formula implemented to give them relief.   That’s right, it will take more government workers and cost more taxes to develop and oversee this aspect of the bill.   I thought non-profits already were exempt from paying taxes.  Rain Taxes don’t count?

Republicans, may I remind you, our party principles oppose increasing state government over-reach into areas that should be decided by local jurisdictions.  True Republicans are against growing government bureaucracy and more unnecessary spending.  Let’s get it right in the House.  Kill Senator Millers’ liberal so called Rain Tax Repeal bill which should be called the Repeal the Rain Tax Mandate and Ratchet up the Bureaucracy and Spending bill.  Urge your Carroll Delegates Krebs, Shoemaker, and Rose not to showboat this vote, but look at the facts and vote NO!

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