TX Lawmakers Looking At Service Fees To Help With The Budget

AUSTIN (AP) - Republican leaders are promising not to raise taxes, but that doesn't mean Texans won't be paying more for services in the new state budget.

A preliminary spending plan released Tuesday night proposes millions of dollars in new fees. State employees and retirees who smoke would pay a $30-a-month "tobacco user monthly premium
surcharge," raising an estimated $42 million for the budget.

There are also several new fees, worth about $28 million, that would be imposed by the Texas Attorney General's office, among them an "annual child support service fee," a "monthly child support processing fee," an "electronic filing of documents fee," and a "comprehensive development agreement review fee."