We were reminded of Life’s two certainties, Death and Taxes, when we stopped off at a Cracker Barrell restaurant in Illinois and read a column by Chuck Shepherd titled Government in Action.
This conservative writer details how the residents of the state of Maryland are effectively being taxed on rain! The EPA assessed the state $14.8 billion to reduce storm water runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.
The Maryland state legislators had to scramble to come with an idea to collect this considerable sum, so they now tax impervious surfaces or surfaces that do not absorb water and lead to more standing water. This means that your roofs, sidewalks, patios, and driveways are now taxable since they do not let rain water soak back into Mother Earth. This new rain tax only applies to the 10 largest counties in the great state of Maryland.
And Chuck, you are far too polite to only characterize this type of news as Weird. I am sure the taxpayers in Maryland have some very choice unprintable expletives that would convey their disdain and contempt for this unfair expropriation of their hard-earned money!