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School bus seat belt funding goes unused except to reduce deficits

from The Connecticut Mirror

It's been six years since a teen died in a school bus crash in Hartford and legislators responded by overwhelmingly approving a new tax incentive to encourage purchasing school buses with seat belts. The cost of the tax incentive was covered by raising the fee drivers pay to reinstate a suspended license. The fee increase proved to be a successful revenue stream, bringing in $9 million since 2010, according to the legislature's Office of Fiscal Analysis. Each year, the fund receives about $2 million, and as of January 2016, it had a balance of $1.3 million. That means about $7.7 million has been spent over the last six years. more


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