Not long after 9/11, the California DMV started selling memorial license plates under the promise that the proceeds would go toward scholarships for children of the victims, or anti-terrorist initiatives, but the money isn’t making it home.
Instead, the cash-strapped California government is pilfering the plate profits which actually add up to a handsome sum. In fact, since the program’s inception, it seems some $15 million has been collected, but only 40 percent of that has gone to fight terrorism and a tiny fraction to scholarships.
So where’s the money really going? It seems $3 million went to help cauterize the state’s gaping deficit. Millions beyond that have gone to ambiguous things that are loosely tied to terrorism if at all.
What’s worse, the DMV is still advertising that the money goes to scholarships when the program those ads refer to was discontinued seven years ago. The plates aren’t cheap either. They cost an additional $50 to purchase and a $40 annual renewal fee, which is apparently being weaseled away by unscrupulous politicians.
It seems the DMV took steps to alter the plates’ description in the last few days, but the fact remains that scores of people were duped in what some would consider an an affront to the worst attack ever sufferd on U.S. soil.
[Source: CBS News]