Hogan’s rain tax hypocrisy
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.