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Baby Boomer License Plates Proposed In Massachusetts

10/20/2011 12:52 pm ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

Boston-based baby boomers hoping to cruise smoothly into their golden years might soon be able to make that journey in a more personalized way -- literally.

As The Boston Globe is reporting, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would approve the creation of a new license plate aimed at boomers -- defined by the Census Bureau as anyone born between 1946 and 1964. The plate would also include an image designed to represent that generation.

Proceeds from the sale of the plates, which would reportedly cost $30, would be deposited in a special fund in the Executive Office of Elder Affairs as part of an effort to raise money for the services the aging population requires. A contest would be conducted by the Secretary of Elder Affairs to select the design of the plate, the Associated Press reports.

The plate was proposed by Provincetown Democratic state Rep. Sarah Peake, who was born in 1957. "When we were in elementary school, they had to build additional schools to accommodate us," Peake is quoted as saying. "When we were in college, they had to build additional residence halls to accommodate us. Now that we're graying, we're going to have to look at what the level of elder service is that were able to provide to aging baby boomers."

Still, the plate proposal got a mixed response from Massachusetts residents. “They can tell it’s not a teenager driving,” Colin Blair, a state researcher from Arlington, told The Patriot Ledger. “Why would anyone want to be identified?”

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