As I pointed out in a post earlier today, John Kasich’s recently-released transportation budget added a new fee that would cost Ohioans – primarily car dealerships (yes, small businesses!) $31.5 million dollars a year in title fees. At the same time he eliminated a late fee on drivers license renewals that would have only cost about $4 million a year.

When asked about fee increases back in October, then-candidate John Kasich clearly said his tax cuts would outweigh any fee increases in every proposal:

“We will have no proposal where tax cuts don’t overwhelmingly outweigh anything that could be involved in a fee”

And yet here we have a proposal – his transportation budget – in which the fees are nearly EIGHT TIMES HIGHER than the cuts he is proposing. Another promise broken.

Here’s the video (ht Marc Kovac )

 
  • Guest

    Yep. Looks like Kasich has done the opposite of something he said during the campaign.

    Obama has done this many times. On many issues that are near & dear to your heart (supposedly). Not a word from you. Ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha.

  • pragmatic_one

    He’s pro-union too. And he cares about the middle class. He is a man of peace and he wants alternative energy sources to be developed. He wants power dipsersed. He is to Ohio what Mahatma Ghandi was to India. That is, if Ghandi threatend to run over everybody who disagreed with him with a bus.

  • GUEST

    Tax cuts for his rotten rich friends while we pay more fees. Prince John steals from the poor to give to the rich = these regressive taxes oops I mean fees since fees aren’t really taxes…NOT!

  • clambake

    I’m not sure what the purpose of your post is, but you really have to have blinders on if you cannot see that there is a sizable contingent on the left that is quite critical of Obama. It would have been nice if there had not been so many partisan hacks that were blind to Bush’s transgressions– i.e. running up the deficit. Their claims to be concerned about “runaway spending” during this administration would be more credible.

  • clambake

    Yes, remember during his campaign when he spoke of “shifting power from the elites” That was a good one.

  • pragmatic one

    Yes indeed. Kasichism leads to freedom and abundance for us all. I read it in a recent study from the Buckeye Institute. It was right next to the article where they claim that we would be better off if sunshine and summer breezes were traded as commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and denied to those who just are not economically viable. Larry Kudlow had an orgasm on the air when he read the report. It was quite the scene, man.

  • Anonymous

    but they didn’t eliminate the late fee on vehicle registrations, which you renew every year, only on drivers licenses which are every 4 years. because, obviously, the latter only bring in 1/4 the revenue. not exactly looking out for the taxpayer there.

  • Anonymous

    the best way to fund the Highway Patrol would be through the gas tax, but everyone is afraid of the road construction lobby to go that direction. The title fee isn’t horribly regressive – but as a percentage of the cost of a new car, it’s a lot higher for low-income Ohioans with $500 cars than the guy who now has to pay $25 to title his Hummer.

    As an aside, when I lived in Arizona, vehicle registration was scaled according to the value and weight of your car. It went down each year as your car depreciated, but heavier cars (which do more damage to the roads) always paid more. I wish we had the stones to implement a system like that.

  • Anonymous

    the best way to fund the Highway Patrol would be through the gas tax, but everyone is afraid of the road construction lobby to go that direction. The title fee isn’t horribly regressive – but as a percentage of the cost of a new car, it’s a lot higher for low-income Ohioans with $500 cars than the guy who now has to pay $25 to title his Hummer.

    As an aside, when I lived in Arizona, vehicle registration was scaled according to the value and weight of your car. It went down each year as your car depreciated, but heavier cars (which do more damage to the roads) always paid more. I wish we had the stones to implement a system like that.

  • clambake

    I have not been really surprised by anything Obama has done. He always was Wall Street’s man. How could he not be when he took so much money from them during his campaign? I guess I did not expect total continuity with Bush administration policies as far as the wars go and on the civil liberties/”war on terror” front.

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