Millions in increased fees, penalties levied by lawmakers
BATON ROUGE - People buying a car, motorists seeking a copy of their driving records, florists, oyster fishermen and pawnbrokers across the state will pay higher fees to help balance Louisiana's annual budget.
While the focus of the Legislature's recent financial debate was largely on taxes, lawmakers also voted to raise at least $104 million annually from changes to licensing and application fees, permitting charges, rental rates, late fees and penalty fines.
Most of the money raised was poured into the budget to help stop cuts to public colleges and health services.
About $60 million annually will come from a $50 fee increase on car buyers and sellers. Another $22 million a year is estimated to be raised by increasing the cost of an official state driving record from $6 to $16.