Increasing the number of licensed drivers improves our economy. Driving is a necessity for most families, not a choice. Expanding access to licenses would help parents attend parent-teacher conferences, families go to church, and workers commute to their jobs. Undocumented immigrants are already a part of Minnesota’s economy and communities, with many living in “mixed status” families with relatives who are lawfully present or U.S. citizens. Access to licenses would not only help the individual undocumented immigrant, but it would also help their relatives and other community members.
Driver’s license application fees will generate revenue for Minnesota. Additionally, the mobility of immigrant workers will grow Minnesota businesses and stimulate local economies. Experience in other states shows that driver’s licenses for all will result in savings in automobile insurance premiums for all Minnesota drivers. That means more spending, boosting Minnesota's economy for all of us.