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Governors request $1b to get Real ID rolling
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Written by Gizmo   
Friday, 23 March 2007 08:14

Washington Technology

by William Welsh

The nation’s governors asked the House Budget Committee this week to provide a minimum of $1 billion in fiscal 2008 to cover initial state implementation of the controversial Real ID Act. 

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The letter requesting the funding was signed by Arizona Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Napolitano is NGA’s chairwoman, and Pawlenty is the organization’s vice chairman.

The Homeland Security Department estimates that the cost to states of complying with the Real ID Act of 2005 will exceed $14 billion over 10 years, the letter states. Of that amount, states expect to spend $11 billion in up front costs to create the data systems and processes necessary to implement the law and re-enroll holders of 245 million driver’s licenses and identification cards before the 2013 deadline.

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