About the only interesting news in the Chesapeake Bay News today is the number of article published from the point of view of pushing back against the perceived unfairness of the recently passed 'Rain Tax', the tax on impermeable surfaces (buildings and pavement) aimed to raise money to combat storm water runoff.
Leading off the list of articles, this one from George Soros (felon- France) funded Media Matters castigating, you guessed it, Fox News for taking up the plight of those forced to pay the 'Rain Tax.'
Raining On Fox's Tax Parade - The "Rain Tax" That Never Was
Fox News is attacking a new Maryland anti-pollution measure as a "rain tax," adopting the misleading frame of local politicians. But the program doesn't tax rain -- it taxes surfaces that lead to more pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, a vital ecosystem that generates major revenue for surrounding states.Yes, we knew that George, every bit of news I've seen on this tax, including the reports on Fox, have added that little disclaimer, and yet the term 'Rain Tax' seems fair as it is levied based on the amount of surface that rain cannon penetrate, and is aimed at ameliorating storm water issues.
The only other thing interesting about this polemic is that it puts a price tag on Chesapeake Bay:
A 2004 update of a 1989 University of Maryland study estimated that the Bay is worth more than $1 trillion including fishing and recreation revenue. More recently, NOAA estimated that Maryland and Virginia saw $268 million in commercial fishery catches in 2011 alone, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has estimated over $535 million in annual expenditures related to recreational fishing just in Maryland.Could it be that George intends to buy the Bay, lock, stock and barrel and ruin it himself, like he did with the democrats and the European currencies?
A somewhat more local focus is in evidence in the article from the Sun:
As rhetoric grows, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties face stormwater fees