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Letter: New Month, New Fees

For many Albany politicians and bureaucrats, one of the worst times occurs when their hidden taxes and fees are finally revealed to the public. For the past three weeks, Nassau County residents have expressed their outrage over increased fees recently enacted by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Tucked in the 2009-2010 executive budget were provisions to establish or increase 52 taxes or fees to the tune of $5.4 billion. The governor, senate majority leader, and speaker of the assembly relied on onerous measures, such as these DMV hikes, to fill a budget gap created by continued overspending and overtaxing. They also used these taxes and fees to pave the way for $10.5 billion in new spending.

These hikes are unsustainable. For example, they include 25 percent increases in the cost of a class D driver’s license and vehicle registration. When considering new, supplemental MTA fees, the cost of a typical license (class D) increases to $80.50 and a typical (3,500 pound) vehicle registration jumps to $106.50.

Increasing fees on citizens that must pay them but struggle to afford them is bad public policy. The burden of the state’s outrageous spending habits, current recession, and the MTA’s poor fiscal oversight can no longer be carried strictly by our working and middle classes.

Rob Walker

Assemblyman

New York State Assembly, 15th A.D.