Auto theft surcharge rankles enforcers

  • Article by: JOY POWELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 3, 2012 - 12:48 AM

Consumers are paying to combat auto theft, but nearly half of the money collected isn't being used for that.

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cyclopsNov. 2, 1210:33 PM

Did good old "Teflon" Tim Pawlenty arrange that to happen? After all he blatantly ignored the state constitution when he authorized a new cigarette tax (which he called "health impact fee") and had it's revenue diverted to the general fund. This is minor in comparison...

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justaxnspendNov. 2, 1210:34 PM

People steal cars.....Legislature steals tax money...so whats different?

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ussforrestalNov. 2, 1211:05 PM

You would think republicans, having taken control of the state house and senate, would have abolished this kind of practice now that GOP is in charge and looking out for the citizen of Minnesota. Wasteful spending is supposed to be over. I guess unethical use of "fees" isn't. They are all the same people, Dems or Repubs, the only thing different is what they spend on.

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jhb8426Nov. 2, 1211:41 PM

"I certainly think it's time we take another look at it." - Yes I think it's high time.

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whosaysNov. 3, 12 7:05 AM

THe funny thing is, if the Reporter kept looking, it is not the only "dedicated funds" account that the legislature raids on a somewhat regular basis. By the way, it is both parties-TPaw wouldn't raise taxes and the Dems wouldn't stop spending money.

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Hoffer1973Nov. 3, 12 7:25 AM

This reduction in benefits has been going on for over 10 years and thefts are still down 40%. This is a complaint without basis now. To think your insurance rates will go up or down now because they are underfunded is ludicrous. Law enforcement does not rely on this program to fund their "wants". It is such a small dollar amount in the grand scheme of things. If the insurance companies were so worried about how it will affect rates, maybe they should dedicate additional funds to buying this equipment. They'd look like heroes and our rates would remain stable. Keep the structure of the surcharge the way it is. If it's changed now the legislature will look to add another "fee" somewhere else to make up for it and the net effect will be a tax hike somewhere (probably on the insurance industry) and, guess what, it will raise your rates!

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liberalmessNov. 3, 12 7:55 AM

This is always the case. The politicians argue for a tax increase, say it is for a particular need and then put the money elsewhere. In other words - they lie.

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sunnyreaderNov. 3, 12 8:41 AM

The issue here is not the small amount collected, but the states integrity in the use of funds collected for a specific purpose.

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mn00333Nov. 3, 12 8:42 AM

Go get'em, John, Either put the money to the use it intended for or cut the surcharge. Good work!

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scottyhomerNov. 3, 12 9:14 AM

The theft I see is the legislators taking money that was collected for a specific purpose and using it to cover their butts to try and balance the books. T-Paws money shifting has long term consequences in that we continue to pay higher "fees" which are really taxes.

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