Who’ll Tax the Rain?

With apologies to CCR—

Long as I remember, the rain been comin’ down,
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Politicians through the ages tryin’ to raise their funds;
And I wonder, still I wonder:  Who’ll tax the rain?


6 thoughts on “Who’ll Tax the Rain?

  1. We pay a tax on water runoff of $3.00 every month in Middle Tennessee. The tax is supposed to cover the treatment of rain water running through the sewers.

  2. Mr. Hoge, I seek your indulgence in this matter. Is the Bay in good shape? Would you eat the fish/crabs therefrom? Raw? I suggest that it might not be a good idea for your liver.

    If it is accepted that the Bay is excessively polluted and beneath modern fisheries standards, which I have reason to understand is the case; and if it is the majority consensus of the MD legislature with the concurrence of the Governor that steps should be taken to ameliorate said pollution, which apparently it is; how should said amelioration be funded?

    I suspect, but cannot prove, that the “fee” in MD focuses mainly on those counties with large urban concentrations and or major drainages to the Bay. These would more than likely be the major contributors of any runoff based pollution into the Bay. This would make them primary consumers of the cleanliness of the Bay. Accordingly in a market economy, shouldn’t the consumer be held responsible for the cost of something in proportion to his consumption?

  3. Yes, I eat fish and crabs from the Bay. No, I don’t eat any of those species raw whether from the Bay or any place else.

    My quibble is not with the intentions or goals behind the “Rain Tax” but with the manner of implementation. The intentions are good, but remember which road is paved with good intentions.

    • Please explain further. You see, my quibble is with the intention setting the slippery slope rather than the implementation, which I see as equitable within the falacy of the intention. I.e.: As demonstrated by your willingness to eat the produce of the Bay, it is not nearly at death’s door, nor in need of drastic measures that require new funding. But if it were, I believe it makes more sense to look to the major sources of pollution to contribute to the solution than a general burden on all residents or consumers.

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