One of our viewers sent a letter to me from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles demanding that she pay lapsed insurance on a car from 2001. She says she doesn't owe the money, and is being forced to come up with the paperwork to show that she sold the car that year.
The OMV denies that they're trying to flush out a few hundred million dollars to help balance the state budget and pay public salaries, but they haven't convinced too many people.
Recipients have been given 60 days to cough up the dough or the paperwork. Imagine being one of the handful of folks charged with answering the phones with one of those 1.2-million angry callers and their problems on the other end.
This is the sort of thing that gives government a bad name. It's money that should have been collected year by year, but it wasn't and now it's become just another big tax that's not being called a tax.
Baton Rouge tends to forget our region even exists until they want money, and then suddenly we're their Better Southwest Louisiana cash register.