Hot off the wire… the new CA governor and his pals are preparing a new tax for 2019, a “text tax” on cell phones to be precise.
This tax is to be retroactive for 5 years and will fund cell phones for welfare recipients (including our newly arrived homeless and illegal immigrants). Actually, we already do that, but that the program is too costly to sustain and besides, democrats want to broaden it…thus the “Text Tax”or the cell phone surcharge, as some call it.
But, Taxifornia is already the most taxed state in the union! High taxes and overregulation have directly resulted in a record number of tax paying employers and jobs fleeing the state. Given this exodus, and the rising costs of state’s already lavish entitlements, shouldn’t the democrats be a little concerned about adding another tax and its impact to our economy? (Pffft…I’m kidding of course)
The San Jose Mercury news reported today, “The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a surcharge on text messaging to help cover its growing budget for programs that help make phone service accessible to the poor, with a vote scheduled for Jan. 10.”
However, the feds have dealt a little setback to this tax scam. “On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission in a 3-1 decision declared that wireless Short Message Service (SMS) and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) are “information services” similar to email under the Communications Act — and not a telecommunications service.” SJMN.
The tax and spend democrats admit the FCC decision will make the “Text Tax” more difficult to implement, but by no means impossible. Remember… the feds told CA that sanctuary cities were illegal and unconstitutional and look where that got us.