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Eliminating Ted Strickland’s “Happy Birthday to You!” License Plate Fee

February 1, 2010 at 8:43 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

The House Republican minority always has a lot of smart conservative proposals, but I never know which one to talk about since their bills are never given a fair hearing under Arm&hammer Budish’s iron fist. But State Reps. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township) and Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) have received a tremendous amount of media coverage for their proposal to wipe away Ted Strickland’s license plate late fee. Even my hometown far-left newspaper, the Morning Urinal, is on board:

Congratulations to two right-thinking state legislators for standing up to Ohio’s latest “gotcha” fee.

On Friday, State Reps. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk Township) and Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) introduced House Bill 428. The measure, when enacted, will remove the $20 late fee for Ohio drivers who do not renew their vehicle registration or driver license prior to expiration.

Amstutz hit the nail on the head when he said, “These gotcha fees are not the right way to raise revenue” for Ohio.

Amstutz compares the $20 late fee to what small-town speed traps try to pull on unwary motorists. Only this time, according to Boose, the victims are Ohioans, including farmers who use certain vehicles only during the harvest season and register them only when they need them.

$20 may not sound like much, just 3 months, this fee has already knocked 329,000 drivers and brought in $6,400,000! And plenty of small businesses involve multiple vehicles, and this fee could end up costing hundreds of dollars.

That is $6.4 million that small businesses could have used to make payroll or put to productive economic activity, which is instead siphoned off into the State Highway cops’ retirement fund to make up for Strickland’s piss-poor management of the state. This fee should be eliminated.

And speaking of eliminating, what ever happened to the serious discussion about eliminating the State Highway patrol and front car license plates?

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  • ihatestrick
    Transfer the title to your wife or vice versa. That way she can license it without late fees. The cost of title transfer is $17.00 but at least you can say fu to stricklands tax.
  • TAX PAYER
    I DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THIS LATE FEE UNTIL I WENT TO RENEW, I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A FIST TIME WAIVE OF THIS FINE. TIMES ARE TUFF AND EVERYONE IS STRUGGLING TO GET BUY, TAKING PAY CUTS , BENEFIT CUTS, ETC. INSTEAD OFF PUNISHING PEOPLE WHO OBEY THE LAW, PAY HIGH COST OF INSURANCE. RENEWING YOUR PLATE LATE DOESNT HURT ANYONE, ONLY YOURSELF IF YOU DRIVE WITH EXPIRED PLATES AND GET CAUGHT. WE PAY ENOUGH IN TAX TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY NEED TO BUDGET THE MONEY THEY HAVE PROPERLY AS WE DO, NOT JUST GET MORE FROM US. WHY NOT JUST RAISE THE COST OF PLATES AGAIN ! WE CANT SEEM TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT ANYWAY. JUST BECAUSE YOU CAN DOESNT MEAN YOU SHOULD.
  • rickalaksa
    I live in Lorain County,today the State OF OHIO made(ripped me off) $20.00 off me.my utility trailer plates expired in January and I did not renew them until today, because I only use it from Spring to Fall. I got PENALIZED because I don't use my trailer all year long....WHAT A GOVERMENT!!!!!!!!!RJA
  • Ron Williams
    Just wait till I get a call from one of the org. that ask for donations for law inforcement, do I have a few words for them. It's great when that slap you with things like this and you not know it's comming. I will gladly support any action to stop this. I am a disabled man and can not afford things like this. Thanks for allowing me to comment.
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