For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - Nearly six weeks after its first appearance on the House floor, majority Democrats in the Maine House voted to enact LD 405, a bill to allow motor vehicle registration fee increases of 50-67 percent, raiding the pockets of hardworking Mainers to the tune of $3 million.
The House accepted the Transportation Committee's divided recommendation to pass the bill on March 14 and the Senate concurred on April 4. Today's enactment vote landed 89-57 mostly along party lines.
"Just yesterday, Democrats rejected millions of dollars' worth of measures to slow the growth of government," said House Republican Leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport). "Today, they're voting to allow fee increases. When will it ever be enough?"
The fee increase vote also comes on the same day that the Taxation Committee is taking up the first parts of the Democrats' massive middle class tax hike package, designed to cover a portion of Maine's budget gap and accommodate government expansion.
"Mainers already take a big hit every time they go to the town office or the BMV," said Assistant House Republican Leader Alexander Willette (R-Mapleton). "The last thing they need is more fees piled on their already stretched household budgets."
Fredette said that it's not so much the amount of money at question as it is the principle of the matter. "How can we say 'no' to savings initiatives while turning around and asking Mainers to reach into their wallets once again?"
The fee hike bill will now go to the Senate for an enactment vote.
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