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Driver fees could be headed down

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

While we're paying more for gas, groceries, federal taxes and insurance, we could get some relief on our driver fees.

State lawmakers raised license and tag fees to close the budget gap in 2009. The fee hikes were very unpopular and drove long lines of people who waited for hours to renew their tags before the prices shot up.

But now state lawmakers could give us a break by rolling back those fees. Overall, it could save Florida consumers more than $200 million a year. The state would make up the difference by taking tax credits away from insurance companies.

Insurance lobbyists are urging the state legislature to reconsider this plan. They say it could hurt our economy, because those tax credits feed jobs. But that argument is not winning over many lawmakers like Tampa attorney Richard Hirsch. .

"They seem to be making record profits so I have no sympathy for insurance companies," said Hirsch. "If they cut fees, I think people will start spending more. If they have more money to spend, the economy will improve."

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the plan. It would save each driver $12 a year when they renew their tags. The bill still has to clear through the full House and Senate.

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