California is planning a new tax for sending text messages. Here's why

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  • Ranch Here, UT
    Dec. 14, 2018 8:14 a.m.

    All of you wailing about "democrats and taxes" should look at what Utah Republicans are doing to you. Hint: it starts with "tax".

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Dec. 14, 2018 7:57 a.m.

    This is just another way of California bleeding the people to fund the ever burgeoning massive retirement system of CALSTERS.
    It never ends.

  • drich Green River, Utah
    Dec. 13, 2018 2:58 p.m.

    This is one reason why many are leaving California.

  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 2:27 p.m.

    Why does this dumb idea not surprise me about CA lawmakers?

    Hey, if I cannot own a nice house, tax everyone else and give me one too!

  • birder Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 1:36 p.m.

    Just don’t give our legislators any more ideas...

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    Dec. 13, 2018 12:30 p.m.

    I propose a tax on new-car buyers so I can get a free new car as I am not able to afford one on my own. Sounds fair to me.

  • papa one Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 12:04 p.m.

    Another reason not to live in California (the list of reasons is getting very long)

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    Dec. 13, 2018 11:37 a.m.


    California cannot do the tax thing without a vote of the people ------ unless they spell it f-e-e- or s-u-r-c-h-a-r-g-e (or perhaps something else creative?)

  • Dal Pal Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 a.m.

    Hmmm, sounds a lot like the tea tax and stamp tax for the 13 colonies. I think we should learn from our country's founding. California should teach its people to do charity work, not simply request more taxes.

    To quote Disney's Robin Hood "Double the taxes! Triple the taxes! Squeeeeeeeze it out of them."

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 a.m.

    Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money.
    -Margaret Thatcher

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:26 a.m.

    California legislators never saw a tax they did not like

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:17 a.m.

    This morning, the owners of WhatsApp and GroupMe are clinking their champagne glasses.

    Seriously, this tax would be so easy to get around it's not even funny.

  • skater974 Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:01 a.m.

    Wow. The fact that CA wants to tax something is not surprising. The fact that CA wants to give any money to a fund for "low income residents" to get cellphone access isn't surprising. Even the fact that CA politicians can, with a straight face, justify this idea as a good idea isn't surprising.
    No, what's surprising is that no CA politician seems to consider the possibility that those who will have to pay the "text tax" will simply...

    wait for it...


  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:53 a.m.

    Can Democrats govern me better than I can govern myself? That's is what I ask every time I observe how Democrats want to govern (control) me or you! My answer is always the same: Check out any Democrat-run city — for example, Detroit, Baltimore, Flint, San Francisco or Ferguson — and you will not find a well-run "paradise" that Democrats promise! My conclusion is that it is always better to govern one's self than to be misgoverned by Democrats!

  • Kaladin Northern, CO
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    California has the most social programs in the country but also the highest poverty rate in the country. To fund all their programs they need to keep squeezing the taxpayer, but it is having little effect on the poverty rate. It just doesn't work.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    How many more "rights" can California (and progressive Democrats everywhere) come up with? Are they going to tax tattoos next to help low income people be able to afford tattoos? Perhaps they should tax surf-boards to help low income people enjoy the right of surfing. Many of the things that are seriously debated and eventually become law in California really would fit better in the realm of late night comedy.

  • nancybLV Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    This is why more and more moving out of California....who they voted for is taxing them to death. What is really wrong is they move to other states and want the states they move into to be just like California because they vote for the same things that they left California for....makes no sense. California is beautiful but you can have that state.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:58 a.m.

    If we are going to subsidize anything, it should be education, not smart phones. We should work towards opportunity, not creating more "rights".

  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:52 a.m.

    Socialism has never worked in the history of the world. Sooner or later the masses that work get tired of being taken advantage of by the politicians and couch-potatoes and there is a revolt. If they can't afford a phone, why take it out of the publics pocket - get a job.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:41 a.m.

    The main objective of this and all Democrat policy is to force compliance and control other people's lives! Of course if those who do not wish their lives to be controlled by Democrats object, they must be vilified! We see it everyday!

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 5:08 a.m.

    Democrats never met a tax they didn't like.

    Dec. 12, 2018 10:27 p.m.

    I would want to know the the efficacy of this program before adding more taxes.

    Regardless, there are many ways to get around this tax by using text apps, which will likely become a big deal in CA.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:02 p.m.

    Right and California gas and car registration taxes were designed for road and bridges only. Now it all goes to the general fund. California has huge problems with state employees making the big bucks with retirement programs that are gold lined. They are taxing everything possible to save the pensions, but they can't stop spending more for welfare and other benefits associated with being a state that loves open boarders.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:52 p.m.

    You get what you vote for.

    Take the earnings from citizens and giving it to others is simply theft.

  • ji_ Ketchikan, AK
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:05 p.m.

    "...a new plan that would ask mobile phone users to pay a fee for texting..."

    You mean, a new plan that would REQUIRE mobile users to pay a fee.

    "The plan would specifically ask text messaging users to pay taxes that would fund programs..."

    You mean, REQUIRE text messaging users to pay taxes.

    "...those consumers who create greater texting revenues may pay a bit more, whereas consumers using more voice services may pay less..."

    Really? Some people's bills will go down? I don't believe it.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 7:33 p.m.

    It’s ideas like this that make Democrats and California look really bad. Democrats want to regulate and tax us cradle to grave, just like Obama said during his last campaign.