Ho­gan’s rain tax hypocrisy

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Larry Car­son, Columbia

David Zu­rawik praises Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s first tele­vi­sion ad (“In the race for gover­nor, Ho­gan is the early win­ner,” June 10), as “the only ad with a real nar­ra­tive from be­gin­ning to end fea­tur­ing “masterful” im­ages and rhythms, but there was one seg­ment that was worse than tone-deaf in my view.

The scene of the down­cast man stand­ing in the rain as the ad de­nounces the “Rain Tax,” is pretty amaz­ingly dumb con­sid­er­ing the dev­as­tat­ing stormwa­ter flood that de­stroyed El­li­cott City re­cently and the fairly gen­eral flood­ing from heavy storms we’ve had around the state this spring.

I mean, re­ally, Gover­nor Ho­gan at­tended the fu­neral for the Mary­land Na­tional Guards­man killed in the El­li­cott City flood, but he’s still try­ing to make po­lit­i­cal hay out of ridi­cul­ing the fees used to build stuff that helps hold back and con­trol stormwa­ter runoff? Is there any­body in Mary­land right now who be­lieves stormwa­ter runoff isn’t a big, big prob­lem?

Mr. Ho­gan ought to be propos­ing doubling that fee to help pre­pare for what’s com­ing.

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