ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have raised another fee to help balance the state’s books.

A budget conference committee decided Tuesday to raise a fee that car dealers are allowed to charge for paperwork related to buying a new car. The fee will go from $100 to $200 for the next three years and $300 a year after that.

The state will generate about $6 million a year at first from the fee increase. Car dealers generally work the fee into a vehicle’s price, but it’s not a mandatory fee. People can negotiate the fee when buying a car.

A separate certificate-of-title fee also has been increased from $50 to $100, but it exempts rental car sales for three years. That fee increase is estimated to raise about $48.6 million for the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. idiothater says:

    Well well. Lets continue to find new ways to fill our shortfalls…how about we start a new fee to become a lawmaker, you freakin people make me sick!!! Back the budget in the other direction for a change you idiots. American greed, and our children will suffer…morons!

  2. susan says:

    Greed makes greed. They do not when to stop. Government at any level can not stop overspending and they want us the public to pay their bills while we can barely afford to pay our own. At the rate we are going we will be having another depression like we did in the late 20’s. You are right idiothater, how about a fee for thinking.

  3. CC says:

    I think what is worse than finding new ways to tax us is that there is a majority in this town, in this state that keeps reelecting the idiots that only know how to raise taxes instead of cutting costs.

    1. What's the rest of the story says:

      According to this article the fee is negotiable. So if I negotiate the fee to $0 the state gets nothing, I think the reporter missed a few details.

  4. Common Sense says:

    A new fee is a NEW TAX.

    Wasnt that in this idiot’s campaign slogan.

    Crooks taking care of crooks.

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