For its next trick, California will attempt to levy a tax on your text messages

There’s something in the water in California that enables legislators to envision taxes that would never cross the minds of other Americans. How about a tax on … text messages? People send a lot of text messages, right? Let’s tax those!

That’s Omar Navarro, a Republican candidate for Congress who challenged Rep. Maxine Waters in 2018. We’re not sure if the tax would go toward giving illegals cell phones, but KTRK-TV is reporting that “state regulators say the money would be used to support programs that provide phone service to the poor.”

How much will it cost per text message? No one seems to know, but wireless carriers and industry groups say it could cost citizens an extra $44 million a year and be an extension of already established programs that help fund programs for low-income individuals and families.


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