Democrat California Considers Taxing Text Messages

Remember that episode of Gilligan’s Island then a Latin American ex-dictator washed ashore? Inasmuch as life imitates art (sorry for qualifying Gilligan’s Island as art), the California Democrats are off and running in their promise to deliver dis, dat, and de udder ting.

I’ve heard that California is becoming a de facto Third World nation. Ain’t it da troot?

Anyhow, is there anything Democrats won’t want to tax? The answer is a resounding NO.

Don’t believe me? Just check out the latest from the Republica Popular de California (bienvenidos los comunistas y miembros de La Raza).

Without fail, whenever any given government gives away more free stuff to any given tax base that simply doesn’t contribute more than they take, taxes skyrocket.

That’s what’s happening to the former Golden State.

As reported by none other than the reliably-leftist CBS News;

Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on text messaging to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents.

A texting surcharge could help sustain the Public Purpose Program budget, which has risen to $998 million in 2017 from $670 million in 2011, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the telecom industry that funds the program has declined to $11.3 billion last year from $16.5 billion in 2011, the CPUC report stated.

“Parties supporting the collection of surcharges on text messaging revenue argue that it will help preserve and advance universal service by increasing the revenue base upon which Public Purpose Programs rely. We agree,” CPUC stated in its findings.