Money-grubbing California Democrats have their eyes on a new tax cash cow: text messages. According to a report by the San Jose Mercury News, regulators of the Golden State are planning to charge cell phone users a tax for text messaging… to collect taxpayer money to pay for cell phones for low-income residents. So, taxing texts to pay for more texts… The amount has not yet been disclosed but will – if passed – be levied as a flat surcharge along with all the others at the bottom of paying customers’ cell phone bills. If you thought that only a “tax per text” could be worse than another $44.5 MILLION getting shelled out for California’s latest redistribution of wealth endeavors, just wait: It could be retroactive for FIVE YEARS bringing that initial bill to $220 MILLION. Maybe a better approach would be to charge low-income residents to do anything by seeking jobs using their free phones?
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
In California’s never-ending quest to tax everything, there are new reports that the liberal state may soon levy a tax on text messages.
California state regulators are working on a plan to charge cell phone users a fee for text messaging, all in the name of collecting taxpayer money to pay for programs to make phone service cheaper to low-income residents, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
No one yet knows how much cell phone users would be charged, but the News says the fee would “likely would be billed as a flat surcharge per customer — one of those irksome fees at the bottom of your wireless bill — not a fee per text.”
And cell phone users might have to retroactively pay the fee for the last five years.
Business groups, including the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley Leadership Group and others opposing the idea, calculated the new charges for wireless consumers could total about $44.5 million a year.