Friday, September 25, 2009

The First of the 11th Hour Ideas Start to Take Shape

That's fine, as long as you guys don't go and do something crazy...

State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, said the 13.4% cut to revenue sharing for local governments was too steep and he was able to find $20 million from other parts of the budget so the cut would only be 12%.

More than $5 million of that total would come from Secretary of State budget by using permanent license plates instead of having to get annual tabs for licenses.

"The need to go to the Secretary of State office would stop and that would lead to the closure of some offices," Pappageorge said.

He estimated that 10 offices employing 60 people could close under the plan.

Um, is Senator Pappageorge aware of the fact that the Secretary of State does quite a bit more than issue license plates? The DNews says this would be a five-year plate - would motorists then have to come up with the full five-year cost at one time?

This budget hasn't made it out of committee yet, but it kind of makes you wonder where he found the other $15 million...