Thursday, April 2, 2009

Day 2: The Phone Tax

(Madison)…State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield), as part of his April tax Awareness campaign to raise the profile of Governor Doyle’s and the Democrat’s tax and spend proposals, today focused on the increases on phone taxes in the 2009-2011 biennial budget.

“The Governor has a taken a ‘leave no stone unturned’ philosophy on taxes. He is going after nearly every citizen, family and business in our state by raising taxes on phone bills by $26 million,” stated Kanavas.

The 2009-2011 budget includes three separate tax increases on telecommunications providers. Each tax provision allows the providers to recover their lost revenue by charging “pass through assessments” on subscribers. According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the phone tax provisions supported by the Democrats will remove an additional $26,584,300 from the private economy.

“If Governor Doyle would pick up his own phone and talk to real people about the effect these taxes have on their lives he would realize what a bad idea this really is,” Kanavas concluded.

This release is part of Senator Kanavas’ April Tax Awareness Campaign designed to educate Wisconsinites about the $1.7 billion of in new taxes and fees contained in the Democrat’s 2009-2011 budget.

To learn more about Senator Kanavas’ April tax awareness campaign, Senator Kanavas’ initiatives and the 33rd Senate District please visit his website at:


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