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Florida motorist fees, which skyrocketed in recession, headed back toward earth

by John Kennedy | October 9th, 2013

License, registration and tag fees could be coming down.

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.

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12 Responses to “Florida motorist fees, which skyrocketed in recession, headed back toward earth”

  1. John Says:

    “This year with the economy improving.
    So the economy is improving you say,hmmm.
    Let’s see, there are no jobs other than poverty wage jobs. The Middle calss are not buying homes. Comapny’s using every excuse in the book to pay low wages.
    Just saw a job that ask for an MBA – $9.00 an hour.
    The rescession started in 2001 with 650K to 750K a month in layoffs , it has never come back.

    Some reporters are really out of touch with reality and obviously only report what the LAME Stream Medica feeds them.
    News repeaters

  2. NoGunNutTyranny Says:

    Why are the repubs delaying implementation to SEP 2014?
    Transparent reelection strategy by Skeletor HCA Scott.
    Just get it done — effective 1 NOV 2013

  3. Coffee Party Says:

    Those registration fees are devesating to Floridians. I know for a fact that 250,000 people decided against moving to Florida due to the extra $10 registration fees. They prefered to pay 10% New York/new Jersey/Connecticut income taxes.

    In addition to the lack of new residents, 100,000 Floridians declared bankruptcy and then moved out of Florida due to the $10 fee.

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