Utah lawmakers voted Wednesday to move forward with legislation that could potentially raise fees for drivers’ licenses and concealed firearm permits.
The sponsor of the proposed fee revisions, Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, said the current driver’s license fees don’t cover the costs of issuing them, forcing the state to subsidize the Utah Driver License Division with taxpayer dollars.
Thatcher argued that the difference between fees and taxes is that taxes pay for society’s broad priorities while fees are paid as an individual user’s costs.
“I would really like to get this bill passed so that we can recover the tax dollars that are currently subsidizing what should be covered by fees,” he told the Utah Legislature’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.
Taxpayer dollars, Thatcher said, ought to go toward funding law enforcement or mental health support, not supporting costs for licensing.
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