No New License Plates?
November 15th, 2009

Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders have heard the public outcry over the state’s new license plate requirement. Are they going to do something about it? Well, maybe.

Paterson issued a statement this evening saying that he is willing to work with the legislature to repeal the requirement that was contained in this year’s budget but only if the legislature will work with him “to identify real, responsible, recurring alternative savings measures that will replace the revenue that would be lost and won’t increase the deficit.”

If the provision is not repealed New Yorker’s would have to pay $25 to buy a new license plate after April 1, 2010.

Here is the statement from Paterson’s office:

“Governor David A. Paterson today announced his intention to eliminate the States new license plate requirement if, prior to the release of his 2010-11 Executive Budget, the Legislature works with him to identify real, responsible, recurring alternative savings measures that will replace the revenue that would be lost and won’t increase the deficit.

The new license plate requirement, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 1 and is projected to produce $129 million in revenue in each of the next two fiscal years (2010-11 and 2011-12), was part of the enacted 2009-2010 budget, which was passed by both houses of the Legislature. The State has a current-year 2009-10 deficit of $3.2 billion and a 2010-11 deficit of $6.8 billion.

We need to act in a fiscally responsible way, Governor Paterson said. When elected officials call for the elimination of revenue in a budget that is already $6.8 billion in the red without offering alternatives, it is simply not responsible. If the Legislature works with me, prior to the release of the 2010-11 Executive Budget, to identify real, recurring savings that will replace the revenue that would be lost, I will eliminate the new license plate requirement.

County Clerks, who are coming to Albany tomorrow, are encouraged to bring alternative savings suggestions with them, which is something they have failed to do so far, the Governor added.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Minority Leader Sheldon Silver issued this joint statement today:
“On behalf of our respective conferences, we have agreed that the Assembly will act to repeal the requirement for New Yorkers to obtain new license plates after April 1, 2010. The plan to issue new license plates for all vehicles will not go forward. We understand that the Governor is committed to this repeal, and we will work with him.”

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