An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

March 2, 2007


Filed under: Economy, Government, In Wisconsin, taxes — olbroad @ 7:54

Doyle attacks driver ID rules

Federal rules issued Thursday to give states more time to adopt stricter requirements for issuing driver’s licenses will still mean longer lines and higher fees, Gov. Jim Doyle said.

Doyle said rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security, billed as giving states more flexibility, could actually make the law designed to foil terrorists more difficult to adopt.

“Unless Congress acts to provide more flexibility and resources, get ready for higher fees, longer lines, fewer DMV centers, and a major headache when you go to renew your license,” he said in a statement.

Perhaps I really am as dumb as a box of rocks, but I don’t see the problem. What exactly does the governor have a problem with? The idea that you have to be a legal citizen to gain a legitimate form of identification?

The idea that costs would go up, and lines would be longer would only apply if people who are not entitled to Wisconsin drivers license, or I.D. cards were to be granted such. If all citizens had to show a legal form of I.D. to gain access to public services, the the cost of many of those services paid for by the taxpayer, would be reduced, obviously saving money. That money saved would then be applied to other services, like new computers, etc.

Doyle said the delay could actually make the situation worse because the date by which all residents must have the new driver’s licenses remains unchanged at May 10, 2013.

The residents of Wisconsin have six years to get a new drivers license. Is he trying to say that 5.5 million (+/-) people can’t manage to get a new license in six years? He doesn’t think much of us (y’all) does he.

In his two-year budget proposal, the governor is asking for a $10 increase in the drivers’ license renewal fee – from $24 to $34 – to pay for some of the requirements.

The need to increase “fees” would be unnecessary if there was a little better planning on the part of the state government. It’s been more than 5 years since 9/11, yet it appears Wisconsin has made no provisions for keeping it’s citizens safe by way of eliminating the numerous illegals invading the state.

The federal government is warning that those who do not get the new identification cards may eventually be not allowed to fly commercially or enter federal buildings.

Just what is involved with these cards? Do they have excessive personal information? Are they a tracking device? Just what are they?



  1. Actually, the costs are quite significant because the state would be required to verify documents for every licensed driver, which it currently doesn’t have the infrastructure to do.

    Also, the Real ID bill requires that the state make all driver data available to all other states, and to the federal government. That is the biggest cost since it requires computer systems and data transportation and secuity meachanisms to be put in place which don’t exist. It’s a gigantic expense, which the Real ID bill doesn’t give funds for, meaning the state has to pay it.

    Comment by schweitn — March 3, 2007 @ 5:34

  2. Oh, I’m quite sure there are some serious bucks involved. Why haven’t the states been putting these things into place over the last few years, and cutting spending on useless programs affect very few, and accomplish even less. There are many redundant programs that could be eliminated. (Don’t ask me to name any, I just woke up.)

    Comment by olbroad — March 3, 2007 @ 8:39

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