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Just when you thought they’d figured out a way to tax just about everything, California comes up with a new idea – a tax on text messages.

California’s Public Utilities Commission wants to start charging a ‘text messaging fee’ for mobile phone users.   The Commission hasn’t shared details, but it would likely be a flat fee rather than a per-text charge.  It could bring in an estimated $44 million a year, which would fund programs to make phone service available to low-income households. A vote on the proposal is planned for next month.

Does this tax go too far or does the reasoning behind it make sense.

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