Rick Scott Wants To Cut Driver License And Registration Fees

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Gov. Rick Scott is hungry for more souls to eat four more years, so he's announced that he wants to cut $401 million in driver license and registration fees.

In an appearance in Tampa, Scott whipped out a proposal that will apparently cut auto registration fees that would save motorists at least $25 in fees. result in a decrease of more than $25 for most motorists.

The plan would kick off in September of next year, two whole months before election day. What a coincidence!

See also: Rick Scott Wants to Keep Cutting Taxes, but State Agencies Are Suffering for It

Also a total and complete coincidence, is the fact that Scott's own party hiked up the auto fees back in 2009 when a certain then-Republican governor who is suddenly now Scott's greatest threat -- signed the fee hike into law. (Hint: his name rhymes with Marlie Trist)

Back in September, Scott announced that he wants to cut taxes by $500 million for the next fiscal year. He also wants to trim state agency budgets by $100 million.

State economists, meanwhile, have projected an $846 million surplus for 2014.

Economists have also said that the state's main tax collections would grow by $2.7 billion in the next years, giving Florida a budget surplus in excess of $1 billion.

Meanwhile, Crist released a statement, saying that the fees were never meant to be a permanent thing, and that he's glad Scott has come around on this.

"It's about time!" Crist wrote. "When these fees were passed by Rick Scott's colleagues and signed into law they were never meant to be permanent. I'm surprised it's taken this long for Governor Scott to realize that it's time to roll these fees back - better late than never."

Being reelected, especially when you're unpopular, is all about timing.


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KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Pathetic pandering to the morons whose vote can be bought. Scott has done more damage to the State of Florida with his budget cutting and slashing of services than most realize. The fees never should have been increased in the first place.

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

Idk a surplus of 846 million dollars and an additional cut of 500 million in taxes. Looks like he has done for much more than his friends. Detroit is example of doing for your friends. Gotta love the democrats

Joe Mason
Joe Mason

Chuck isn't the only Democrat running

Joe Mason
Joe Mason

are you on crack the only one he has helped is his rich buddies

Jeremy Jensen
Jeremy Jensen

So Florida is better of than the federal government but you trash talk the guy that has given us the surplus. I don't care what he looks like by every story I've read in New Times (even if you add stupid remarks) That Rick Scott is an excellent Governor and should get 4 more years so we can have a billion in surplus not what Charlie has promised higher taxes and more government spending.

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

Yes, I can be had for $25. Governor Voldemort just bought my vote.

Alex Castro
Alex Castro

Maybe I'll stop registering my car and renewing my license in Texas if this happens.

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

2 CAT4's in one year, eh. 

If google, microsoft, intel and four other companies move their headquarters here we will be flush in dough and employement for decades.

Same odds

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

Gee, 846 million surplus, revenue up 2.7 billion with no state income tax.  Cutting 401 million from Driver's license and registration fees. 

What a horrible Governor. 

Best laugh of the day so far.

winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@KennyPowersII

Budget cutting and reducing state programs was essential in the last 6 years of the Obama economy.  States are required to have a balanced budget.  If projections are correct. and a surpus develops, a prudent increase of government spending would be in order.  Let's wait to see what we have in the bank first.

Redd
Redd

of course, that doesn't take into account the Hurricane fund disaster relief. 


If we get two  cat4 storms in 1 year, Florida will be bankrupt.



winsomelosesome
winsomelosesome topcommenter

@Redd

2 CAT4's in one year, eh.

If google, microsoft, intel and four other companies move their headquarters here we will be flush in dough and employement for decades.

Same odds

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