The 2009-10 New York State Enacted Budget has been the recipient of much criticism, but as increased fees are being implemented this month, I must address some of my concerns with the budget once more. The consequences of this budget are tax and fee increases, which result in nothing more than furthering the financial burden New Yorkers are already under. Even though I actively opposed these new and increased taxes and fees, they still became a part of the 2009-10 budget, which I voted against. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) implemented many of the fee increases, and I am now hearing from constituents who are realizing the impact of these fees.
Effective September 1, DMV implemented fee increases on vehicle registrations and driver licenses. Motor vehicle registration will increase 25% on passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, trailers, motorcycles, taxis and buses, motorboats, ATVs and heavy vehicles. This will equate to an $11 increase on a car weighing 3,500 pounds. Also, driver license fees, original and renewal, are going to receive a 25% increase, which means that the average Class D license fee will increase from $50 to $64.50. Lastly, effective April 1, 2010, all registered vehicles will be required to get new license plates. These license plates will cost $25 (a $10 increase from the previous new license fee of $15) and will be required when the car’s registration is renewed.
As a state, we need to deal with this fiscal crisis head-on and with a distinct and comprehensive plan. This plan needs to include cutting back on government spending and eliminating wasteful expenditures. New York’s policy of tax-and-spend needs to come to an end and the budget should not be balanced on the backs of hard-working residents due to the state’s failure to cut spending.