Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,I,C-Schenectady/Saratoga) today reiterated his call for the immediate repeal of the license and registration fee increases enacted in the 2009-2010 state budget.
“While we are in the midst of great economic uncertainty, it is irresponsible to continue to hit New Yorkers with new taxes and fees. Over the past months, my message, and the message of our county clerks, has been the same - there is nothing wrong with the current license plates. The enactment of this measure is a plain and simple money grab from our taxpayers’ often assaulted wallets. I am encouraged that it appears as though the Governor has finally gotten the message and is willing to repeal this unnecessary measure,” said Tedisco.
Effective September 1, driver license and vehicle registration fees were increased 25 percent, which means an average class D driver license will go from $50 to $64.50 and registering a car weighing 3,500 pounds will increase from $45 to $56. Adding insult to injury, effective April 1, 2010, motorists will be forced to purchase new license plates at a cost of $25 once they renew their registrations.
“People in Upstate New York are dependent upon their vehicles and it is unfair to assess a tax that disproportionately affects them,” added Tedisco.
“While it is imperative that we close our $3.7 billion budget gap, we must make certain that we do it in a responsible manner. Artificially creating a need for new license plates then taxing our citizens for them just to drum up money for the General Fund is not good governance. When we reconvene session next week, let’s look for some solutions that don’t involve socking it to our taxpayers,” concluded Tedisco.