The Best Deal In The State Shouldn’t Be So Low
State government needs some advice from the CEO of a really good retail store. While lawmakers fumble around deciding which tax to raise on who and for how long – or which program to cut by how much and for how long, they are sitting on a gold mine.
The CEO could advise them on pricing strategies.
This new source revenue is desired – strongly desired – by 99.9% of the citizens. It’s a program that is already in place that people are willing paying for. When they don’t have it, it is a real hardship.
Yet, no politician has figured out there are vast un-tapped revenues that could be acquired with the stroke of a bureaucrats pen and a few computer key strokes.
Driver’s license fees.
I got my driver’s license renewed a month ago (and a month late) and the fee was $20 for the next four years.
What a deal.
The CEO of a retail company would laugh if someone came to her with such a proposal.
But how stupid that the state doesn’t charge me $20 a year, yes even $100 a year. Would I pay? Of course I would. You expect me to walk to the end of the drive to get the newspaper and the mail?
“Boo-hoo, hardship.” Ah, crybabies. Take a look at your expiration date. You have that long to save/earn/borrow from Check Advance $400.
I bet some commenters will be flabbergasted at how low our license fees are.
Yup, I even surprise myself sometimes with these ideas.
Hee. $28 to renew for 4 years in California. Such a bargain! $22 to renew for 2 years in Connecticut. $35 to renew for 4 years in Maryland.
@Gretchen: Wow! I’m surpised at all those states being so low. Normally you think of them as high tax states. CN and MD I think I can understand because of low population, the revenue wouldn’t be that high. I guess in CA, any threat to drivers is a no-no?
Yeah, unless it’s a threat of gunfire. That’s all the rage, you know.
BC-$75 for 5 years, but just changed it so that it can be as much as a few thousand more when you renew depending on your demerit points accumulated in previous 5 years. And this is on top of your fines and insurance rates increasing. I think a DUI conviction gets you an extra $2,500 license fee when you renew on top of everything else. A friend just got a ticket for doing about 50 kmh (about 30mph over the limit and it cost him almost $600 in fine plus 4 demerits. I don’t speed anymore.
@savvyboomer: now that makes even more sense. Charge more for the license depending on your safety record. I wish Canada was were Mexico is – I’d move.
Cheaper than ours, Mark. I just got my licence renewed and it cost $75 for five years. Up here, you can renew up to 2 years after expiration without retesting.
They have just started using facial recognition software on the photos, so we are no longer allowed to smile. ;-(
Not smile? No problem. I look goofier when I fake a smile and at the DMV, they are all so sour anyway.
GoingLikeSixty…also wrote this…Greg Dobbs and BoomerCafe.com are Prima Donnas