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May 6, 2013

Beware of Maryland governor

Maryland made national news recently for a “rain tax” to start July 1.

The tax, an unfunded mandate originating with the Environmental Protection Agency and cemented by the state legislature and governor last year, means homeowners, businesses, and non-profits in certain counties will pay a fee based on the amount of “impervious surfaces” on their property. It is supposed to raise about $482 million annually.

Satellite imagery will help counties comply with the law, designed to reduce runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.

Call it the ‘Drones for the Bay’ program. The “Free State” is a Petri dish for progressive causes and perpetually tries to out-California California for increasing the size and reach of government, so the new law is not surprising to those who live in Maryland even as it may seem laughable to people across the country.

What’s next, ‘a tax on sun?’ the masses in other states might snidely remark. Yes, and it will be coming to a state near you if Martin O’Malley has his way. So pay attention to the Democratic governor who said in August 2010 that “Maryland will lead the country, not only economically, but morally.”

In six and a half short years in office, Gov. O’Malley has transformed the tiny state from a comfortable suburb of Washington to a model of progressive orthodoxy, high taxes, and crony capitalism in a bid to take his show on the road to the White House.

Two stints as head of the Democratic Governors Association raised his national profile and the buff governor, who fronts a rock band called O’Malley’s March, could be coming to a bar near you if you live in a politically important primary state. Last Friday he polished his international credentials in Denmark speaking as a panelist on “progressive governance” with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the prime minister of Denmark.

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