Smalley & Cockroft pushed a 50% tax increase on the already-massive tax bill for mobile communications. Currently, the combined taxes and fees for mobile communications is roughly 3 times what our sales tax rate averages, across the state.
At a time when Oklahoma cannot pay for the massive government we already have; this new agency will make mobile communication just that much harder to access. Most of Oklahoma already has an efficient way to reach emergency services, but when you can't afford cell service, this legislation may actually make it harder for those on limited incomes to get a message to emergency services. It is astonishing that this bill passed without real floor debate.
The nation might not have a welfare program for free "ObamaPhones" if it weren't so taxing to pay for cell service on our own.
The bill passed the House on a 70-16 vote.
HB 3126 contains numerous provisions related to the Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority Act, including
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...