State Representative Barbara Massey Reece told AM 1180 that she opposed recent HB 1055, which would raise more than 80 fees charged by various agencies, bringing in an estimated $96 million in increased revenues. These increases would affect a variety of services and permits ranging from business licenses to specialty car tags to fireworks displays.
    Reece said "I voted against this measure because of its effect on small businesses. Many of these permits or fees are for services provided by counties. For example, the bill increases the filing fee for Superior Court and State Court by $100, with the revenue going to the state’s general fund, even though counties pay all the cost of State Court and half the cost of Superior Court."