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Connors, Rumpf & Gove Post Budget Legislative Update

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In recent weeks, most of the attention has primarily focused on the State budget, which has now been signed into law. This is an update regarding action taken on several other legislative initiatives linked to reducing the size and cost of government that we believe our constituents will have an active interest in.

Major Changes in Motor Vehicle Inspections

Under legislation recently signed into law, motorists will only have to have their vehicles inspected for emission levels. Biannual mechanical inspections have been eliminated as studies have showed that motor vehicle crashes are related to driver error rather than mechanical defect. Additionally, there will be an extension of the waiver from vehicle inspections for newer vehicles from four years to five. These changes will achieve a cost savings to taxpayers in the amount of $17 million for this fiscal year. Equally important, this will release residents from a purposeless bureaucratic obligation involving their cars.

Click here to read answers to frequently asked questions from the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) regarding changes to motor vehicle inspections.

Abolishment of the Public Advocate

Signaling that our state has finally come to terms with the fact government expansion doesn’t serve the interest of taxpayers, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law legislation that abolished the Office of the Public Advocate. After millions of tax dollars spent, the Public Advocate’s Office in the short time period that it was re-established as a State department did little to distinguish itself in terms of serving the interests of taxpayers; quite the opposite actually. From the outset, our Delegation was perplexed with the Public Advocate’s contradictory mission statement which, as a government entity, was to protect residents from actions taken by the government. Abolishing the Public Advocate will save taxpayers and cut the State Budget nearly $4 million.

Governor’s “Tool Kit”

Legislation based on the Governor’s proposed 33-bill package to stabilize and lower property taxes, commonly known as the “tool kit,” have been introduced, with several measures having already received committee consideration. Collectively, these measures are aimed at providing municipalities with the cost-cutting tools needed to stay under the two percent cap on property tax increases that was recently enacted into law with strong bipartisan support. It is anticipated that as part of its summer agenda the Legislature will take on civil service reform, changes to binding arbitration laws and capping payouts for accumulated sick time for public employees.

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