- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are proposing to raise a host of motor vehicle fees in an effort to pay for road and infrastructure improvements in Delaware.

Legislation introduced Friday increases the document fee on car sales from 3.75 percent to 4.25 percent. Penalty fees for late license and registration renewals would increase substantially, as would several other fees.

Lawmakers say the increases would take effect Oct. 1 and generate about $24 million annually.

Democrats say Republicans support the fee increases, but there are no GOP co-sponsors on the bill. Meanwhile, both parties continue to discuss ways to raise road project money, including higher gas taxes.

In an effort to appease Republicans, Democrats also introduced legislation changing “prevailing wage” requirements for state contractors, which Republicans have said drive up costs borne by taxpayers.

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