N.J. Legislature sends “rain tax” to Phil Murphy’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. — Yes, Save Jerseyans. They’re going to tax rain.

There’s nothing wrong with you monitor (or your eyesight).

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A radical plan (click here for the bill) by New Jersey Democrats to let municipalities establish stormwater utilities (and assess “fees”) passed the legislature on Thursday, meaning it will be law as soon as Governor Phil Murphy signs off on it and he is expected to do so.

The vote fell largely along party lines.

“I don’t know if a snow tax is coming next year and I’m not being sarcastic,” said Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-24) from the floor of the Assembly. “This is just another tax, a rain tax on the people of New Jersey and I urge my colleagues to vote no on this because it is just never-ending down here.”

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Maryland moved to repeal its own “rain tax” back in 2015.

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