The Federal Communications Commission ruled against a recent California proposal that would impose a tax on text messages this week; setting the stage for a legal showdown between the Golden State and the federal government.
The decision by the FCC officially designated text messages as “information services” and not “telecommunications services,” essentially prohibiting the state government from taxing the exchanges.
“We hope that the [California Public Utilities Commission] recognizes that taxing text messages is bad for consumers,” said a representative of a group supporting the US wireless communications industry. “Taxing this service would burden those who rely on and use this service each and every day.”
The proposal seeks to raise funds through the new tax to help provide the state’s low-income residents with greater access to cellular communications and other devices.
“Sometimes we just don’t need a new tax for every idea that a government agency or official has,” said the CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
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CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’: California Lawmakers Consider TAXING TEXT MESSAGES to Boost Budget
California officials are considering a new tax on text messages to booster their diminishing budget; saying the tariff would go towards helping “low-income residents” have access to cellular phone services.
“California state regulators have been working on a plan to charge mobile phone users a text messaging fee intended to fund programs that make phone service accessible to the low-income residents,” writes Fox News.
“It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business group. “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.”
Political insiders say the tax could raise more than $44 million per year that could help provide mobile phones and other devices to low-income residents throughout the state.
“To have them charge us something else is just dumb,” said another San Francisco local. “I think it’s very unfair, especially for the people that can barely pay for their cell phone plan already.”
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'DEATH AND DESTRUCTION?' GOP Tax Cuts Benefit EVERY SINGLE DISTRICT in the US
The liberal predictions of “death and destruction” continued to crash and burn this week, with new data showing the GOP sponsored tax cuts benefited every single Congressional district in the United States.
The report, published by the Heritage Foundation, found all 425 US districts benefited on average between $394 and $3,332 since the President signed the sweeping tax overhaul into law last December.
“We find that the average household and the average married couple with two kids in every congressional district in every state benefit from the tax cut, both in 2018 and over the next 10 years. Nationally, average households will save $1,400, and married couples with two children will save $2,918 in 2018,” said the report.
The strong data throws even more cold water on the media’s overhyped “blue wave” predicted for this fall, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowing to repeal the “GOP tax scam.”
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