Lawmakers using virus emergency to pass cell-phone tax

Taxpayers Association of Oregon

During the Special one-day Emergency Legislative Session to address emergency coronavirus and racial injustice issues, Oregon lawmakers will be considering a cell-phone tax.   Based on the previous cell-tax plan from 2019, the projected $5 million tax is expected to tax people’s private cell-phones to pay for private landline broadband service for rural Oregonians.

But the Federal Government already authorized over $60 million of broadband funds for Oregon without raising out taxes.

Where is that money going?

Is this $60 million going to be wasted just like the $60+ million that the feds sent to the Employment Dept. to fix our computers but never did?

Remember, cell-phone taxes hurt the poor and homeless the most.

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