Motorist Fee Notice Disappears
Notice of proposed motorist fee increases had been removed from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Admininistration Web site as of this morning.
Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) nixed the proposed hikes, affecting fees for driver's licenses and nearly three dozen other services yesterday, amid a round of political fingerpointing between his office and Republicans about who was to blame for the increases.
Sen. E.J. Pipikin (R-Queen Anne's) drew attention to the increases yesterday morning with a news release headlined: "O'Malley Launches Sneak Attack on Taxpayer's Wallets."
By mid-afternoon, O'Malley's press office had countered the GOP senator with a released proclaiming: "G-O-FEE FLIP FLOPS ON MVA FEES."
O'Malley aides contended that the MVA felt it had no choice but to raise the fees because of provisions included in 2003 and 2004 laws that former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) championed and most GOP lawmakers supported at the time. The provisions require the MVA to cover its costs almost entirely out of fees charged to motorists.
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