Hogan confident ‘rain tax’ will be scrapped

ANNAPOLIS — Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says he believes the so-called “rain tax” will be scrapped in Maryland.

Hogan campaigned against the controversial fee. He said Wednesday during an appearance on WBAL-AM: “We are going to get rid of it.”

Hogan, a Republican, was responding to comments Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller made to reporters on Tuesday. Miller, a Democrat, noted the possibility of passing legislation so that 10 local jurisdictions could pay for stormwater management needs out of their budgets, rather than charging residents a specific fee to fight Chesapeake Bay pollution carried by rain runoff.

Hogan says changing the 2012 law won’t eliminate the need to pay for stormwater management. But he says Maryland can comply with federal requirements to fight pollution without imposing an added fee.