California Wants to Tax Text Messages

Regulators say it would help fund phone service for poor people
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 4:44 PM CST

(NEWSER) – What are people saying about California’s plan to tax text messaging? “It’s a dumb idea,” Jim Wunderman, president of a business advocacy group, tells the Mercury News. A 25-year-old delivery man in Silicon Valley tells the paper the proposal is “absurd.” And a Twitter user laments that the Golden State would “tax your toilet use if they could.” But not all of the feedback about the California Public Utilities Commission’s scheme to scare up more revenue for the Public Purpose Program—which subsidizes phone service for the poor, per USA Today—is negative. “As long as it’s equitable … I’d be OK with it,” a Walnut Creek resident tells KTVU.