Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of impervious surface they have on their property.
Though the OMalley administration calls it a fee, it is commonly called the rain tax throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month.
Now Prince Georges County is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them preach green to their parishioners.
So far 30 pastors have agreed to begin green ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations to avoid being hit with the tax, The Washington Post reports.
I don't see how this can possibly pass First Amendment muster, because it is the definition of viewpoint discrimination. It's also pretty much exactly what the IRS was doing to Tea Party groups, except enshrined in legislation rather than in secret policies. Those of you voting Democrat because those blue-haired Republicans want to censor your hip tunes, it's time to wake up and smell the Earl Grey.
This entry was published Mon Nov 24 16:16:24 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2014-11-22 13:46:09.0.