NJ Voters Furious As Governor Murphy Prepares To Sign 'Rain Tax' Into Law
Many politicians don't think your money is your money. Many pols don't think your property is your property. And any rain on your property? Well, they'll tax that too.
But unfortunately for Democrats, while taxing the rich might be in vogue among 2020 presidential contenders (because focus groups have suggested that raising taxes on other people remains a politically popular position), very few middle-class voters in a state that is already one of the most heavily taxed in the country want another massive tax levied on their driveway.
To illustrate just how politically radioactive the rain tax has become, it's worth a look back at Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's upset victory in the state's 2014 gubernatorial race. In a scenario that might sound familiar to many of our readers, Hogan was believed to be so far behind Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown that media didn't even bother to conduct exit polling on election day.
Why did Hogan win? In Maryland, Democrat country? A proposed rain tax from his opponent.