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Default Balancing Budgets on Drivers' Backs

The following are excerpts from the article: Balancing Budgets on Drivers' Backs

Cities and states across the country are broke. But instead of raising taxes, lawmakers are raising traffic fines.

"This business of using fines and traffic fees as revenue sources is just flat wrong," said Lew Uhler with the National Tax Limitation Committee. "This is simply a tax by another name."

Nowhere is that more obvious than Los Angeles, where the city collects $1.5 million a year at a single intersection in the San Fernando Valley from drivers running a red light. Cost per ticket is $476.

But it's not just California. In a memo obtained by the Boston Herald, local police chief Ken Coye instructs his officers in the suburb of Malden to write at least one traffic or parking ticket per shift.

"We need to increase enforcement in areas that create revenue," says the Coye memo. "Write ‘ONE TAG A DAY.’"

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