Florida motorist fees, which skyrocketed in recession, headed back toward earthby John Kennedy | October 9th, 2013
Florida motorist fees, cranked up in 2009 by state lawmakers scrambling to close budget holes, would drop sharply under legislation approved Wednesday by a Senate panel.
The Transportation Committee voted 9-0 to approve a $233 million cut in driver license, registration and tag fees, which earned high marks in its first legislative hearing.
“This year with the economy improving and our budget picture being brighter than it has been in the past, I think it’s important that if we’re going to reduce fees and taxes, which I hope we will this session, that we choose one…that almost all our hardworking citizens pay,” said Senate Budget Chairman Joe Negron, R-Stuart, sponsor of the measure (SB 156).
The reduction represents about half the increase that kicked-in four years ago, when the state was staggered by the recession.
“It takes us halfway there,” said Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Coral Gables.