Driver’s license fee hike stalls in legislature

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 10:57am

Gov. Phil Bredesen’s proposed driver’s license fee hike stalled in the legislature Wednesday, and he urged Senate Republicans to end their closed-door discussions and produce their own plan to balance the recession-battered state budget.

GOP senators have balked at all of the governor’s revenue-increasing measures, and they’ve been meeting privately for three weeks to come up with new cuts to bridge a $105 million budget shortfall.

“We’ve been through a couple of deadlines at this point,” the governor said of the promised Senate Republican plan. “We need to get that together and move on.”

Bredesen said he is open to new cuts in spending.

“I’ve got lots of strong preferences but I’m not going to take things off the table or start pounding stakes into the ground,” he said. “Let’s see what other people have, and let’s see if we can’t find some common ground.

“Once the Senate Republicans put forward their ideas, it’ll be like it always is. It’s kind of like the ice on the river at some point. There’s a crack and it breaks up and it goes away and that’s what will happen with this.”

In the Senate Transportation Committee, a vote was delayed on the administration bill to increase driver’s license fees by $2. That would raise $21 million to forestall layoffs of prosecutors and public defenders.

7 Comments on this post:

By: nashmusic2244 on 5/5/10 at 4:00

Raise DL fees to fund more multiple languages on the DL exam? NOT!

Governor, use your last remaining days of clout to tell legislators to support HB 262 and return thousands and thousands of dollars to the state treasury than spend taxpayer dollars on immigrants taking the license exam in a language other than English.

Eddie Garcia

By: yogiman on 5/5/10 at 7:06

I agree with Eddie Garcia. Our language is English. Always has been and always will be. If you can't speak it, read it and write it, go back where you came from. And I'll guarantee you, if i come to your country, I'll learn your language.

How can a person take a driver's test in a different language and read the highway signs in English?
What logic is there to accept it, just more accidents are ok?

By: localboy on 5/6/10 at 7:41

"a vote was delayed on the administration bill to increase driver’s license fees by $2. That would raise $21 million to forestall layoffs of prosecutors and public defenders."
Raise the fee.

By: Kosh III on 5/7/10 at 6:56

Raise the fee and eliminate all the exemptions to sales tax.

Lawyers sell their services, why not charge sales tax? After all, the average sale is $300 per hour---how much extra will that bring in? Rich corporations spend hundreds of millions on legal services each year.

By: Jazzpa on 5/7/10 at 3:07

The "fat man" needs to go on a diet, we don't need to buy him more to consume. Raising taxes on corporations will only drive up costs to the consumer, raising the cost of a DL won't hurt that much but why not eliminate some waste in spending before you start trying to raise anything. How about you get rid of the slacker judges we keep hearing about so the cases can be heard and move on to the next one instead of continuing to postpone while the judge is absent or late.

By: Dragon on 5/8/10 at 9:32

"a vote was delayed on the administration bill to increase driver’s license fees by $2. That would raise $21 million to forestall layoffs of prosecutors and public defenders."

DL fees should be used only for expenses associated with driving. Testing facilities and personnel, highway safety, drivers education, etc. What does driving have to do with the justice department?

By: nashmusic2244 on 5/10/10 at 9:37

If the feds aren't going to do their jobs, then it is every state's sovereign right to protect its own borders. Go Arizona!!

Senate Bill 63 passed out of TN Senate today with the leadership of Sen. Ketron. Now we need to pressure House members to vote FOR the bill this coming Wednesday morning in House budget sub-committee.

If you live in TN, please consider using this link to contact members of the budget committee and tell them to PASS HB 262 by Rep. Watson.

Also pressure TN House speaker WIlliams to stop trying to kill the bill and vote FOR its passage. Speaker Williams is reached at 615 741 7450

HB 262/SB 63 will ensure that the driver's license exam be administered solely in English for permanent license applicants. We must have a uniform language among motorists to understand English written signs and to effectively communicate with each other and emergency personnel.

Thank you

Eddie Garcia

http://www.capitol.tn.gov/house/committees/sub-budget.html