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OK House Committee Votes Against Preventing A Tax Increase


Posted by Will Upton on Thursday, March 1st, 2012, 1:47 PM PERMALINK


The Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Energy and Utility Regulation Committee turned its back on Oklahoma’s  wireless phone subscribers and the 30-percent of wireless only households by voting down 18 to 6 HB 2737.  The legislation would have capped the amount of money that goes to subsidize phone service in rural areas and prevented a tax increase on about 3.1 million Oklahomans.  

Oklahoma ranks 18th in national tax burden on wireless with a 15.79-percent combined local, state, and federal tax on cellphone service. 

Instead, the House Energy and Utility Regulation Committee sided against lower, less burdensome taxes by voting down HB 2737. 

What do you think, should Oklahoma's Universal Service Fund be capped, preventing new tax increases on wireless service?

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