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Wait, What? California ACTUALLY Planning To Tax Your Text Messages!

California is one of those states whee it just seems like they couldn’t come up with a good idea if they tried.

There are homeless camps the size of some small towns out there and instead of trying to solve that problem they are coming up with even more ludicrous regulations than the ones they already have on the books.

They want to tax practically everything, and somehow they even want to tax text messages. Which is really weird when you think about it because how are they really going to be able to do that

There are people I am family with that text me regularly that don’t even have cell phones. They have tablets that they use the text function on, how would they count those if they were in California?

Anyway, they are beyond hope out there and this just goes to prove it once more.

Via Daily Wire:

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.

But they add that under the regulators’ proposal the charge could be applied retroactively for five years — which they call “an alarming precedent” — and could amount to a bill of more than $220 million for California consumers.

A dense California Public Utilities Commission report laying out the case for the texting surcharge says the Public Purpose Program budget has climbed from $670 million in 2011 to $998 million last year. But the telecommunications industry revenues that fund the program have fallen from $16.5 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion in 2017, it said.

“This is unsustainable over time,” the report says, arguing that adding surcharges on text messaging will increase the revenue base that funds programs that help low-income Californians afford phone service.

The News said the California Public Utilities Commission is set to vote next month, but added that some business councils object to the plan. “It’s a dumb idea,” Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business group, told the paper. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.”

State residents also object, calling the planned tax “dumb” and “unfair.”



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