Dear Friend of Liberty,
It’s negotiation 101.
Ask for more than you expect, then “give up” a little to make the other side feel like they gained something. In the end, you still get what you want.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and his buddies on the County Council hope you will fall for this tactic with their latest Rain Tax legislation, which merely offers token reductions to the existing tax.
In fact, they probably expect you to adore them for their “generosity” in proposing slight reductions to the Rain Tax at the county level. Yet, it is some of the same politicians proposing this reduction who supported introducing the Rain Tax at the county level in 2013. Is it wise to accept what they are offering us now?
Is the thief who returns part of what he steals no longer a criminal? His victim still lost money overall.
Is the politician who only returns part of your liberty no longer a tyrant? You still have a net loss of liberty.
The legislation, requested by Kamenetz and sponsored by Council members Cathy Bevins and Julian Jones, is their attempt to continue getting away with your liberty while avoiding the political consequences. They think the people aren’t smart enough to notice. Nice try.
Read the proposed bill 9-15 HERE.
As you can see, the Rain Tax will still exist at the county level. That is NOT acceptable. Period.
Maybe you have wondered why Baltimore County has a Rain Tax in the first place. Are any of our current representatives to blame? Absolutely!
Councilman Tom Quirk introduced and voted for the original county level Rain Tax legislation in 2013. 1
Councilwomen Cathy Bevins and Vicki Almond also voted for it. 2
And of course, it was County Executive Kevin Kamenetz who requested that Tom Quirk introduce the bill. 1
It is imperative that these politicians feel intense, unrelenting political pain until they fully repeal the Rain Tax at the county level.
That’s where you come in. Please help expose these representatives’ bad political behavior. Spread the word, share this email with friends, post on social media, you name it.
Most importantly, tell your representatives that you won’t forgive them until the Rain Tax is nothing short of gone.
At the end of this email you will find a sample letter that you can copy and send to your representative.
Campaign for Liberty is determined to help you protect your liberties and limit government intrusion into your life, but WITHOUT YOUR HELP, NOTHING WILL CHANGE. Please don’t delay, send a quick email NOW!
Thanks to grassroots efforts of Campaign for Liberty members, tax-n-spend Baltimore County politicians are retreating from their prized Rain Tax.
Kamenetz and his buddies’ actions to reduce the Rain Tax have made it clear that they are struggling under grassroots pressure to repeal the Rain Tax. Now that they’re weakened, it’s time to get aggressive, DOUBLE DOWN on that pressure, and force them to fully repeal this disgusting tax. Call or email your County Council representatives NOW!
Bill 9-15 will be discussed at the February 24, 2015 (THIS TUESDAY) Work Session at 2 p.m. Final Reading and Vote will occur at the Legislative Session on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
If you have the time this Tuesday, please voice your opposition to the Rain Tax directly to County Council. See the County Council website for additional details.
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!
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COUNTY EXECUTIVE – Kevin Kamenetz firstname.lastname@example.org 410-887-2450
DISTRICT 1 – Tom Quirk email@example.com 410-887-3386
DISTRICT 2 – Vicki Almond firstname.lastname@example.org 410-887-3385
DISTRICT 3 – Wade Kach email@example.com 410-887-3387
DISTRICT 4 – Julian Jones firstname.lastname@example.org 410-887-3389
DISTRICT 5 – David Marks email@example.com 410-887-3384
DISTRICT 6 – Cathy Bevins firstname.lastname@example.org 410-887-3388
DISTRICT 7 – Todd Crandell email@example.com 410-887-3383
SUBJECT: Repeal the Rain Tax
Dear (councilperson/Kevin Kamenetz),
The Rain Tax is a huge burden on our community and the overall economy of the state. I’m not happy with the changes proposed by Bill no. 9-15. Changing the fees for this ridiculous tax isn’t enough. I oppose this tax, and demand you push to repeal it immediately.
– Concerned and overtaxed citizen
Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty leadership team