Old taxes never die, they just get bigger. In 2003 the state imposed a tax on cell phones to upgrade the 911 system to be able to pinpoint 911 cell phone calls. When the upgrades were done, the state under Governor Doyle kept the $20,000,000 in "leftover" money. (Nothing says home cookin' the books like "leftovers.")
Now Governor Doyle wants to increase the tax. According to Americans for Tax Reform:
...Gov. Doyle has now proposed extending the cell phone tax, raising it by 75-cents, and then making it applicable to all landlines as well. Oh, then he would then add another 56-cent tax to cell phones for the state's Universal Service Fund, which has nothing to do with cell phone usage. All told, the proposal amounts to a $100 million per year tax increase on cell phone users.
Doyle's proposal to divert 911 surcharge would make Wisconsin ineligible for federal 911 grants
By Matthew DeFour Wisconsin State Journal May 22, 2009
Gov. Jim Doyle's proposal to divert $100 million from a 911 surcharge to funding for local governments would make the state ineligible for federal 911 grants and remove an existing surcharge that saves 911 centers $7 million a year.
Remember the hospital tax (also going up) was to get more money from the feds but a tax on phone calls will result in less money from the feds. Heckuva job, Jimmy.
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