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Amie Hoeber and the Rain Tax

Congressional candidate Amie Hoeber’s liberal leanings extend beyond abortion.

While many Maryland conservatives were joining Governor Larry Hogan to fight against the Rain Tax, Hoeber sat on the Board of Directors of an company that has received millions of dollars in Maryland government contracts to design, implement, and manage the stormwater remediation programs that served as the basis for the very same rain tax.

Hoeber’s campaign website biography says that Amie’s business experience also includes serving on the Board of Director of Versar Inc.” Her corporate resume states  her connection with Versar as “Member, Board of Directors (Chair, Nominating/Governance Committee; member, Compensation Committee and Executive Committee).”

Versar describes itself as providing “environmental and construction management from the home front to the front line”

“Over the past two decades, Versar has supported many Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase I and II permit holders, including local governments, school systems, federal facilities, and state transportation agencies.”

They have helped to “implement on-the-ground monitoring and management programs to comply with permits” as well as “customized programs to meet [clients’] broader water management goals.”

Versar claims to be, in the Mid-Atlantic area, the “contractor of choice for Maryland and Virginia local jurisdictions seeking MS4 expertise.”
“Our growing list includes support to 11 county MS4 clients: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Cecil, Frederick, Harford, Howard, and Montgomery…”

“Versar can complete assessments and create watershed plans to target stormwater retrofits, stream restoration, and community-based watershed restoration most effectively.”

State lawmakers used jurisdictional MS4 permits as the legal authority to implement the Rain Tax:

“To assist local governments in meeting these stormwater management requirements, the General Assembly passed House Bill 987. Chapter 151 requires the 10 local jurisdictions subject to a Phase 1 municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit to establish a fee to help cover these stormwater management costs.”

“In the meantime, stormwater remediation fee revenues are being collected, capital improvement program projects are being designed, and innovative stormwater funding mechanisms are being explored.”

Versar has received millions to manage and develop municipal stormwater contracts. In February 2013, Versar announced that it had been awarded a comprehensive Municipal Stormwater permit compliance contract by Anne Arundel County, expected to exceed $1 Million over one base year and up to five option years.

“With these awards, Versar adds a fourth and fifth comprehensive, countywide MS4 permit compliance contract, similar to our contracts with Frederick, Harford, and Howard Counties, Maryland. Versar has also provided stormwater compliance and watershed planning support to Baltimore, Carroll, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland and in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia. This contract solidifies Versar’s position as the pre-eminent MS4 contractor in the region.”

Frederick County was added in January 2014.

While Maryland’s conservatives worked to repeal Martin O’Malley’s rain tax, Amie Hoeber served on the Board of a company that lined their pockets with taxpayer dollars obtained through stormwater remediation projects tied to the rain tax.

Maybe this is the explanation that we have for Amie Hoeber’s only Maryland political donation prior to running for Congress: a $500 donation to Martin O’Malley during his 2010 re-election campaign.

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