In April, Americans for Tax Reform expressed opposition to Pennsylvania House Bill 911. Last week, this piece of legislation passed the Pennsylvania House and has now moved to the Senate. Reports show the Pennsylvania collects $193 million in 911 fees annually. This figure makes the commonwealth the second highest in the nation when it comes to wireless taxes. Only Texas collects more and it has nearly double the population of Pennsylvania.
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform, wrote a letter urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to oppose House Bill 911. Norquist explains:
“The 911-fee increase from $1.00 to a $1.65 will raise $114 million across all phone services, resulting in a $78 million increase on wireless customers alone. These taxes are not only disproportionate in relation to other taxes, but also in relation to Pennsylvania’s population.”