Kaine Sticking By New Abusive Driving Fees

July 26, 2007

Governor Kaine is still getting complaints about the steep new abusive driving fees but says he's sticking by them.

Kaine answered several questions about the fees Thursday during his monthly call in show on the Virginia News Network. Kaine said that lawmakers have gotten the message loud and clear.

He says they understand Virginians are angry that the fees apply to residents but not to out of state drivers. Kaine said that the General Assembly would revisit the issue in January.

Kaine says that he still wants to see the impact of the fees are over
the next six months and whether they improve driver safety, whether
people are being hit with fees who shouldn't be or whether abusive
drivers are not being fined.

The governor says many citizens complained about raising taxes to pay for transportation funding, and that they demanded that lawmakers "find money another way." Kaine's comment: "Be careful
what you wish for."


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