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Cabral hosted a caucus briefing where Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center analyst Colin Jones laid out the facts of competing school funding proposals and the challenges he sees as inherent in striking a deal.
Supporters of the legislation argued at the hearing that it would make the roads safer for everyone and ease the stress on the state’s roughly undocumented immigrants – many of whom already drive without a license, training or insurance. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated last week that there are 185,000 undocumented immigrants in the state.
"Allowing immigrants the right to drive is good for the economy and for your pocket," said Ben Echevarria, Executive Director of The Welcome Project. "The recent MassBudget study shows this bill would add about $6 million to state revenue and would lower individual's annual insurance rates by roughly $20. It's good for our economy and makes our roads safer."
In anticipation of the hearing, Rep. Barber also spoke at a Labor Day Rally in support of the bill, and at a Press Conference to release a report from MassBudget that shows the positive impact this bill would have on our Commonwealth.
Bill To Make Driver's Licenses Available To Undocumented Immigrants Debated At Massachusetts State House
Supporters of the legislation argued Wednesday that it would make the roads safer for everyone and ease the stress on the state's undocumented immigrants â€” many of whom already drive without a license, training or insurance. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimated Wednesday that there are 185,000 undocumented immigrants in the state.
Allowing undocumented immigrants to acquire driver's licenses could generate millions of dollars in revenue for both the state and for insurance companies, researchers at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center said in a report released hours before Wednesday's hearing. Undocumented immigrants already contribute about $184.6 million in Massachusetts state and local taxes and having a license could increase many immigrants' earning power and their tax contributions.
MBPC President Marie-Frances Rivera described the legislation as "economically sensible, and simply the right thing to do" at the Wednesday morning press conference.
"Licensing drivers without documents not only allows them and their families to access basic necessities, it also allows employers to access more qualified workers in our tight labor market," Rivera said.
Passing the legislation would likely generate $6 million in state revenue over the first three years and lower each Massachusetts driver's insurance premium by about $20 per year, which Rivera pointed out is enough to buy flowers on Mother's Day. It would also generate an additional $62 million in revenue for insurance companies, the report found.
Advocates pack State House hearing to support bill to expand driving privileges to all Mass. residents, regardless of legal status
An estimated 185,000 undocumented immigrants stand to benefit from this bill if it becomes law, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Currently, residents need to show a work permit or other proof of legal status to be eligible for a driver's license.