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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina residents could pay for their teenager’s driver education and more for foreclosure proceedings as part of $100 million in new or higher fees proposed in the House budget.

The House Finance Committee voted Tuesday in favor of new or expanded fees that are part of Republican leaders’ plans to close a projected budget gap next year of roughly $2.5 billion.

The budget would allow local school districts to charge up to $75 per student for driver’s ed. Foreclosure court costs would double to $300. Fees would be charged for four ferries that are now free.

Democrats say the fees are taxes that would hurt poor people. House Speaker Thom Tillis said the fees are designed to pay for government services.

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  • Guest1971

    I have a child who will want to take driver’s ed in the next year. I am fine with the school charging a reasonable fee to offer this ‘EXTRA’. In order to not sacrifice on the quality of education the schools are really going to have to look hard at what is truly a requirement vs. what is an extra/want/nice to have.

    I am sure private driver’s ed courses are a lot more expensive than the proposed $75.

  • NCRavensFan

    I grew up in Maryland, (which does not offer free Driver’s Ed) and when I took Driver’s Ed (10 years ago) you had to pay $300 for a private driving school, so I think $75 is a reasonable rate,
    plus, we have to teach kids that driving is not free there’s gas, maintenance, insurance, state tax and registration etc.

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