I appreciated the recent coverage of the Green Light legislation (“Business Council backs controversial immigrant driver’s license bill,” May 29 Buffalo News). I personally support this legislation because it is a concrete way to extend compassion and hospitality to people who work and live alongside me in Western New York. However, the Business Council’s endorsement of the bill highlights its practical aspects as well.
Put simply, the Green Light bill would be good for the state economy. It would generate $57 million per year in annual revenue, reduce auto insurance rates for everyone, and make it easier for workers to get to their jobs safely (see Fiscal Policy Institute, “Driving Together: Benefits of Allowing All New Yorkers to Apply for Licenses,” 2019.)
This is pragmatic, common sense legislation, and I call on my elected state representatives, Sen. Chris Jacobs and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, to cosponsor the Green Light bill.