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Gov. Cuomo supports raising inmate wages amid new license plate plan

There is a new wave of criticism over Governor Cuomo’s new license plates plan, and people attending the fair expressed their thoughts about the new plan.

“25 dollars more for a new plate. What are we going to get for our money?” said one fairgoer.

According to Governor Cuomo and other officials, the new plates are necessary to automate toll roads, meaning drivers will no longer need to stop at a toll booth.

Another fairgoer said, “That’s fine, but let the government pay for it if they’re going to force it.”

Beginning next April, car owners will pay a 25-dollar replacement fee for plates over 10 years old, and an additional 20 dollars if drivers want to keep their current plate number.

“It’s an absolute money grab. And they’re allowing us to vote inappropriate designs at that,” said a fairgoer.

All the talk about license plates has brought up another question: Who makes them?

The answer is inmates at Auburn Correctional Facility, where some say they don’t get paid enough. A bill to raise their minimum wage to three dollars failed to make through the legislature last session.

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