Legislative Report Dave Bajumpaa

The 2022 State Legislative Session will begin on February 9th and end on May 4th. In preparation for this upcoming session, we plan to retain the services of Hughes and Cronin Public Affairs Strategies to monitor legislation related to the antique auto hobby,as we have done in previous sessions. In this monitoring capacity, Hughes and Cronin informs us of the pending legislation. We report to you on any legislation potentially impacting the hobby, and ask you to contact your legislators and help get favorable legislation passed, and unfavorable legislation defeated (i.e., a "grass roots" approach).At the present time, we are not aware of any legislation planned to be introduced in the 2022 Legislative Session that will impact the antique auto hobby.With an insurge of federal COVID money being the primary source of revenue along with increased tax revenue from larger than expected income taxes and the extension of the corporate tax surcharges, the 2022-2023 budget is balanced. However, after the federal COVID funding runs out in 2023, projected future budgets are running deficits. The 2024-2025 State Budget is projected to run approximately a two billion dollar deficit. Couple that with the highes ttaxpayer debt of any state in the nation ($62,500 per taxpayer), the state’s fiscal problems are far from over.As you know, we will be electing our municipal leaders on Tuesday November 2, 2021. These elections are important, and we encourage you to exercise your right to vote! Regarding titles for motor vehicles, a subgroup of the 4C’s has looked over the letter I drafted and provided some good feedback, which is appreciated. I have been unable to incorporate all the feedback to date due to some family issues that have taken priority. I wil lbring the final draft to the November 1st meeting, and will send it to DMV shortly thereafter.

The 4C’s hope you have a joyful holiday season and enjoy happy motoring throughout the new year!