“Believe in Steve”
- Privatize the DMV: I plan on privatizing the DMV within two years of being elected and leasing space that is empty in some of the DMV buildings. The first step will be to outsource DMV services to private businesses similarly to how notaries perform acts in legal affairs, or how stamps.com provides postage.
- The second step would be to allow auto insurance companies to provide similar services, as they have an incentive to make sure that only the best drivers are on the road at a given time.
- Currently 18 states have privatized at least some aspects of the DMV. States with private DMV's report shorter wait-times across the board as there is a profit incentive in place to give people good customer service - an element missing from any government monopoly. All but one of these states report a lower cost per transaction, which is the result of market competition. I will analyze what has worked, and what hasn't worked, in my attempt to privatize.
- Shutting down government operated DMVs gradually, while allowing IDOT to absorb some of its functions (minimum licensing requirements can be managed within IDOT, as well as record keeping, and some other clerical tasks) will give entrepreneurs time to set up shop and provide Illinois residents with options. Once the transition is complete, the cost of government to license drivers will be greatly reduced and certain revenue streams can be eliminated.
- Reduce Spending: In addition from saving costs by privatizing the DMV, I will be cutting wasteful spending on grants that the Secretary of State shouldn't even be giving. To help with renewal and fee costs, I will be selling advertising space on the cyberillinois web page and renewal cards. I will also be reducing the Secretary of State police staff. They enforce much of the same code as other law enforcement. These, and other methods of cost reduction, will allow me to cut down on fees for drivers elsewhere.
- Making Things Easier for YOU: The Secretary of State's office is charging too much to get a CDL license and it is very complicated to get one. Now that the cost of living is going up in Illinois, drivers will be struggling to pay their bills. LLC costs are way too high to start and maintain a business. That will change. I am hearing from voters that they not only think forms are complicated through the office, but that the fees for them are outrageous. No fee will EVER go up when I am in office, rather, you will see a dramatic reduction or elimination of many of them. I will demand this through the Department of Legislative Affairs.
- Civil Liberties: People around the state are randomly receiving letters from the Secretary of State demanding proof of insurance. This is unconstitutional. Innocent until proven guilty: Bring a warrant. Privacy is important to me. There is a push to require a "textalizer", which is a device that plugs in to monitor if you have been texting while driving. It can't tell who was doing the texting in your vehicle. This violates multiple amendments to the Constitution. Whenever possible, I will protect a citizen’s private information, whether in the database or on forms. One example of a privacy issue involves the transgender community. Currently, they are required to publicly display a form for an amount of time showing that they have switched their gender. Like Oregon, I want to make it simple for this to be filed, in a private manner.