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