Don’t Tax That Dial

Here’s the proposed new tax of the day: a surcharge of 15 cents on your monthly cell phone bill, according to WPRI. At the same time, the governor want to lower the surcharge on land lines from 26 cents to 15 cents. In all, the move would increase revenues by $300,000. Seems like a small sacrifice to make when the state is facing a $220 million deficit. Right? And then we read at the end of the story that the new revenue will fund wireless access in schools and “throughout the state.” That’s why OSPRI and groups like Americans for Tax Reform insist that deficits always be solved with spending cuts, even in emergencies. At least in Rhode Island we can think of an obvious way to save $300,000.

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