ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland House committee has approved doubling the state’s “flush tax” from $30 a year to $60 a year.

The House Environmental Matters Committee passed the bill on Tuesday.

The measure, which is one of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposals, would enable the state to finish upgrading the 67 largest sewage plants in the state to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The flush tax is now $2.50 a month. The committee decided not to increase the fee to more than $5 a month. The measure also was amended to provide a waiver for poor residents.

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Comments (14)
  1. Mike Brown says:

    Why exempt “poor” residents? Where is the fairness in that? Oh, they may have to give up their cable TV, sorry.

    1. Guest says:

      Don’t forget about their cell phones too! Soon almost everyone will be exempt from the “Flush Tax” since all these new taxes are making everyone poor.
      OWEMalley must go. He is a disgrace to the State of MD.

  2. RustysChaos says:

    I will be happy to pay this one if you connect the pipes directly to omalley’s office. Tax what you eat, tax what you drink than tax when you are done with it. April 15 is tax day, April 19 is Concord Bridge day. 04/19/1775. Maybe history needs to start repeating itself.

  3. stop making me pay more says:

    Between all the toll road and sales tax increase my wallet is getting very thin.

  4. Independent says:

    I was an O’Malley supporter at one time, but he has gone tax crazy. The Maryland Lottery doesn’t seem to bring in enough money now. I don’t understand! Gas prices are bankrupting people, and the King is demanding more, more, and more! Why doesn’t the King make a deal with one or two oil companies and kick the rest out of the State? Think out of the box for a change!

  5. mike says:

    this state can tax all they want but if you spend more money then you take in it will catch up too you.He is commiting career suicide and will never be able to run for President after what he has done to this state.

  6. Larry26 says:

    I am tired of this! Everytime you turn around the Maryland Government is trying to find a way to tax you to death, saying they need the money. Well, the citizens of this State need the money also and the money comes from the citizens who have worked for it. Once the politicians figure a way to get their hands in your wallet, they will bleed you to death. Do we have to get a petition for every bill they are passing to put it on the ballot. Why do we keep reelecting the same idiots time after time?

  7. BiteMe says:

    tax alcoholic POS cut spending

  8. W.S says:

    Another BS tax from the tax and spend Governor. Why do poorer residents get an exemption? they don’t use the toilet because their poor? how about take the fee of their welfare check they don’t work for…. give me a freaking break…

  9. Guest says:

    I guess almost everyone will be exempt from the “Flush Tax” since all these new taxes are making everyone poor.

  10. Wiseguy says:

    The Official State Bird of Maryland………..The OWE-Mallard……..hear it’s call………TAX….TAX……TAX…..TAX

    1. Stupidity Rules says:

      That’s a great idea….LMFAO…

      1. Guest says:

        OMG – That was so funny!!!

  11. commonsense711 says:

    and now we should flush all of the poiticians down the toilet. Fire them all. Say no to anyone seeking re election. Democrats , Republicans and Independents unite!! Vote the bums out now!!!

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