Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is delaying millions of dollars in regulatory fee hikes following pushback from fellow Republicans and ranchers and farmers.
Miller contends that collecting an additional $11 million annually from the industry he oversees is necessary after lawmakers didn't meet his funding requests this spring. That was despite the Republican-controlled Legislature leaving money on the table in the budget.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that Miller is now putting off the fee increases until Jan. 1. The higher costs had been scheduled to take effect in December.
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Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is among those who have questioned the higher fees. It would raise levies on seed certification, grain warehouse inspections and product registrations.