States look to fees, fines to solve fiscal woes

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Posted: Jul 23, 2011 12:00 PM
States look to fees, fines to solve fiscal woes

States and cities across the nation are raising fees to bring in new money for governments reeling from cuts and revenue shortfalls. Some examples:

California: Increased vehicle registration fees.

Connecticut: New sales taxes on yoga classes, pet grooming, manicures and many other services.

Georgia: New fees on day care licenses, fireworks permits, traveling circuses and many more items.

Greensboro, N.C.: Doubled fines for parking in fire lanes.

Louisiana: Higher state park fees.

Maryland: Higher fees for birth certificates, new vehicle titles, vanity plates and the filing of land records.

Oregon: Higher fees for medical marijuana.

Philadelphia: Higher parking meter fees.

Providence, R.I.: New fee for mattress disposal.

Rhode Island: Most beach fees nearly doubled. New sales taxes on over-the-counter drugs, smartphone applications and sightseeing tours.

South Dakota: Higher state park fees.

Tennessee: Higher traffic fines.

Tybee Island, Ga.: Higher parking fees and fines.

Wisconsin: Imposed new fee to retake state driving exam.

Wyoming: Higher fees for trucks exceeding weight limits.