State may consider cap on fundraising license plates

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 10:33:18-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — There might not be many more specialty Michigan license plates used to raise funds for organizations.

The state Senate may consider capping the number of new fundraising plates at 10 after the House approved that limit last week. Republican state Rep. Peter Pettalia, who sponsored the bill, says Michigan taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for causes they might not agree with.

The Senate isn’t expected to take up the issue this week, but could later.

Michigan’s 15 public universities all have fundraising plates. The state sells others for Olympic education, preserving lighthouses, organ donation, breast cancer awareness and other causes. Those existing fundraising plates wouldn’t have to be scrapped under the legislation.

Such plates have raised millions of dollars since they were introduced in 2001.