But if the General Assembly does change what is officially known as the stormwater management fee, it probably won’t be through a bill from the governor’s own party.
House and Senate committees have voted down legislation Hogan sponsored that would end the mandate that local governments charge the fees, which pay for federally mandated Chesapeake Bay cleanup. But a measure from Democratic Senate President Mike Miller still stands, and it would repeal the mandate.
And Hogan, a Republican, is confident it will pass.
“It doesn’t matter to me who gets the credit, or whose name is on the bill,” Hogan says. “Everybody knows I’m the leading driver behind this entire movement. We called it the ‘rain tax.’ I got 100,000 people involved in the effort. I was elected mainly on this issue. The Senate president agrees with us. The bills essentially do the same thing.”
The biggest difference with Miller’s bill is that it calls for local governments to report on how they are funding the mandated Bay cleanup if they are not charging a stormwater management fee.