California Republicans, still smarting from their big midterm losses at the polls, are ridiculing a plan by Democratic-dominated state regulators to tax text messaging on all mobile phones—a proposal drawing fire from Silicon Valley’s wireless industry and business groups.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has jurisdiction over telecommunications, is set to vote next month on a proposal that would impose a fee on every Californian’s text messages services.
The CPUC is the same state-government group recently criticized for failing to provide proper wildfire oversight to utilities, including PG&E, which is being sued for its roles in sparking the deadliest fire in the state’s history.
Carl DeMaio, a conservative radio host who spearheaded the unsuccessful state ballot initiative to repeal the latest gas-tax increase, said the text-tax plan demonstrates to tech-savvy, liberal-leaning millennials across the state the length Democrats will go to find new tax revenues.
Read more at the Washington Free Beacon.