One State: $250 million

Several news stories are quoting an estimate that Washington State will spend $250 million in the first five years to implement RealID. Here's one, a commentary at SeattlePi NwSource. "[Gigi] Zenk says Washington state alone is looking at $250 million in expenses over the next five years." (Elsewhere, a story says Washington State expects to hire 500 more employees to operate RealID.) A quote:
Nobody likes getting pushed around, not by a playground bully, and certainly not by the federal government.
Not surprising, the Bush administration doesn't care, forcing states to adopt unwanted -- perhaps unnecessary -- programs.


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