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Anybody in MIchigan needs to read this !!!!!!!!!

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  1. 99firehawk

    99firehawk 1/2 ton status

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    New Fees Target Michigan Drivers


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2003
    CONTACT: Eric Skrum, Communications Director
    608-849-6000 or nma@motorists.org

    New Fees Target Michigan Drivers

    On October 1, new fees, fines and surcharges aimed at generating more revenue, at the expense of Michigan motorists, goes into effect. Most drivers don't realize the full extent of the penalties coming their way.

    Public Act 165 has instituted new "Driver Responsibility Fees" which amounts to raised fines and surcharges on traffic tickets. If you have seven points on your drivers license, you will be paying $100 each year for two years. And, you will be paying an additional $50 per point for every point above seven. If you're stopped and you can't present proof of insurance, you
    must pay a $300 fine, even if you later prove you do have insurance.

    If you receive an Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUIL), not only do you have to pay your fine, a new $40 surtax, and license reinstatement fee, but you will also be getting a $1,000 bill each year for the next two years (courtesy of Governor Granholm and Senator Gilbert).

    This additional money will go to local governments and police, county sheriffs, the State Police, the state General Fund and local fire departments. This sets a dangerous precedent, as the agencies that issue tickets will directly profit from them.

    "Guaranteeing police a share of motorist fines will lead to further fine increases down the road," says Eric Skrum of the National Motorists Association. "It creates a vested interest effect: more police revenue equals more patrols, which equals more tickets, which equals more revenue. The state legislature and city governments are sure to put pressure on police agencies to issue more tickets."

    There will be serious unintended consequences. More tickets will make more motorists subject to the points tax. As more drivers face annual fees of several hundred dollars to keep their licenses, the poorest will respond by not paying the fees. "The legislature rammed this through without investigating the impacts," says Skrum. The points tax was borrowed from New Jersey, but NMA reports that "In New Jersey, they call this program 'Debtor's Prison.' Poor drivers try driving without a license, incur an even larger surcharge when they get caught, and go so far in debt to the state they can never get a driver's license again. This prevents them from holding a job, and effectively takes them out of the economy." An increase in unlicensed, unregistered, and uninsured drivers is the probable outcome. The state cynically estimates that only a little over half of the points taxes will ever be paid; the rest will be owed by persons unable to pay and who will never be able to renew their licenses.

    See below for a list of the fee increases and how much money will be extracted from motorists for state purposes.

    -END-

    The National Motorists Association (NMA) was established in 1982 to represent the interests and rights of North American motorists. It operates at the national level and through a system of state chapters. The NMA is supported through the contributions of individuals, families and small businesses. For more information about the NMA, call 608-849-6000, Email us at nma@motorists.org, or visit the NMA web site at http://www.motorists.org.



    Michigan Motorist Tax, Fine, and Fee Increases, 2003

    Vehicle Fee Increases - Senate Bill 554, Public Act 152 of 2003

    Make trailer plates permanent at roughly the former price of 5 to 7 years' registration
    Increase all vehicle registrations by $3, unconstitutionally award $2.25 to State Police.
    Add late registration-renewal fee of $10.
    Raise vehicle title fees by $3.
    Raise auto dealer-license fees from $10 to $75.
    Raise used-parts dealer-license fees from $100 to $160.
    Raise CDL fee from $20 to $25.
    Raise CDL correction fee from $6 to $18.
    Raise original chauffeur's license from $20 to $35.
    Raise original driver's license from $12 to $25.
    Raise license renewal fee from $12 to $18.
    Add license-renewal late fee of $7.
    Raise minor's restricted license from $5 to $25.
    Raise fees for duplicate licenses by $6.

    Total revenue increase: $70.1 million/year.
    Dispositions:
    Michigan State Police $21.8 million/year
    Secretary of State $18 million/year
    Roads and transit $5.3 million/year
    General Fund $25 million/year

    After shifts of funds between the Secretary of State and the Michigan Transportation Fund under SB 539, road and transit funds are increased by approximately $24.9 million/year.

    One-time advance from trailer registration fees (conversion to permanent registrations).
    Revenue: $108 million in 2004.
    Disposition: Roads and transit


    Points Tax - Senate Bill 509, Public Act 165 of 2003

    Attach tax to driver-license points, $100 for the seventh point and $50 each for additional points. Notes: points remain on license for two years. Points existing on Sept. 30, 2003 are not taxable.

    Attach mandatory fines of $150 to $1,000 for certain traffic violations (not subject to points tax), payable as surtaxes on driver's-license fees in EACH of TWO years following conviction.

    Official revenue estimate: Approx. $65 to 75 million/year realized on billings of $124.7 million (shrinkage is due to drivers refusing to pay and continuing to drive with suspended licenses, based on rates from New Jersey). Note: House Fiscal Agency estimates and all published media reports on P.A. 165 contain the same error: the mandatory fines are described as being imposed once only, and not in each of TWO years, so these revenue estimates are low.

    Disposition: First $65 million/year to the General Fund, additional amounts for local fire departments in cities having state-owned buildings.

    SB 436 & 439, HB 4736 P.A's. 73 & 97 of 2003 - Court-finance Package

    Increase conviction surtax from $25 to $40 on approximately 500,000 citations/year.
    Revenue increase: $7.5 million/year
    Disposition: Court operations.


    HB 4333, P.A. 34 of 2003 - Handicapped Parking Spaces

    Raise fine for violation of handicapped parking spaces from $50 to $150.

    TOTAL MOTORIST TAX INCREASE: $147.6 million/year
    AMOUNTS FOR ROADS AND TRANSIT:
    $132.9 million in Fiscal 2004
    Approximately $24.9 million/year after 2004

    Im glad i didnt vote for her
     
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    Another way to rip off the common man /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    If you're stopped and you can't present proof of insurance, you
    must pay a $300 fine, even if you later prove you do have insurance

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    that is COMPLETE bull crap... i hope some hot chit lawyers tear em a new azz on it. I mean, when I got my insurance it was a week before I got the official lil card in the mail... but i DID have insurance... if i got pulled over, $300 just cause I havent got the card yet? there is a word for that, its called "theft". /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif tg i live in WA!!!

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    boy o boy do i love michigan. our lovly governer ahs done nothing but try to screw up this state since she got in. and guess who i voted for /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    So does that mean I can blame you ? /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    How do they think they can raise the cost of a CDL?
    CDL's are goverend by the federal govt. not state or local!

    I am so happy I don't live in Michigan and have a CLD that can't be messed with.
     
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    So does that mean I can blame you ?

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    sure why not /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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