MI Sec. of State calls for end to Driver Responsibility Fees

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LANSING (WJRT) - (10/11/17) - Michigan Secretary State has called for an end to the state's Driver Responsibility Fees, a law that's been on the books since 2003.

"It's an unfair tax, it's an unfair burden, it's draconian, it's automatic, and it needs to be gone," Johnson said.

The law was passed in 2003 to fill a hole in the state's budget based on a similar law New Jersey had put into place, according to Johnson.

"We have $600 million owed to Michigan by 300,000 people and they can't take their kids to school, they can't get a job, they can't keep a job, it really hurts families," she said.

Johnson testified in front of the House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee Wednesday morning.

Current pending legislation would end the driver fees a year early starting next October.

It would also allow Michigan residents to get their licenses back.

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