Prior to the acceptance of the state budget, I contacted my state Senator, Van Wanggaard, regarding the increase of registration fees for hybrid vehicles, of which I own. I explained that if I had purchased a traditional vehicle of the same model year with the best fuel economy, I would have paid $5.27 more in gas tax per year. Now I am faced with an additional $75 in registration fees per year.
In his reply letter, Sen. Wanggaard did not address the fact that this is unfair and not a way to fix the transportation budgeting problem. Instead, I received a letter saying that it was not his fault. It was up to the Joint Committee on Finance. Nevertheless, he voted for the budget and against people that are trying to do the right thing by driving less, using lighter weight vehicles that cause less wear on our roads and using vehicles that reduce emissions.
Sen. Wanggaard's seat is safe due to the redistricting plan that is now under scrutiny by the Supreme Court. Perhaps with more fair district lines, he will become more responsive to his neighbor's desires and less so to toeing the party line.