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Yes, you're right. Those monthly cell phone bills keep getting pricier. One reason is the gradual upward-sloping rates of federal, state and local taxes added to the monthly charges, a recent report says.
That survey of all 50 states also found Washington is the second highest in overall local taxes and fees on cell plans. Nebraska retained its designation as the state with the highest rate on wireless consumers, at
23.69 percent. Washington retained its No. 2 status with a 23 percent rate.
Which means, if you have a typical $100 bill for your wireless service, the average Washington customer is paying another $23 in fees, taxes and surcharges.
This is drawn from the report “A Growing Burden: Taxes and Fees on Wireless Service,” just released this past week.
It notes that since 2009, the trend has been a steady increase of taxes and fees on wireless customers, nationwide.
“Users now face a combined federal, state, and local tax and fee burden of 16.3 percent, a rate two times higher than the average retail sales tax rate and the highest wireless rate since 2005. Consumers now pay wireless taxes, fees and government charges that exceed the retail sales tax rate.
The Washington Policy Center, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization with offices in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, announced plans today to host 12 Wake-Up Call Legislative Forums around Eastern Washington during the 2011 Legislative Session.
The free breakfast events will give citizens an opportunity to get an update on what’s happening in Olympia and be connected live via videoconference to lawmakers to offer feedback.
“Eastern Washingtonians often feel left out of the legislative process, and we’re trying to change that with these special events featuring state and Eastern Washington policymakers,” Washington Policy Center President Dann Mead Smith said in a press release.
The events begin at 7 a.m. and feature a presentation from WPC and a question-answer session with lamakers in Olympia. The series kicks off Jan. 18 in the Spokane Valley. See the list below.
There will be three breakfast events in Spokane and the same number, on a rotating basis, in Yakima, Wenatchee and Tri-Cities. The dates are:
· Spokane: Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 22 – at the Quality Inn Hotel Spokane Valley
· Yakima: Jan. 25, February 22, March 29 – at the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
· Wenatchee: Feb. 1, March 1, April 5 – at Banner Bank (501 N. Mission)
· Tri-Cities: Feb. 8, March 8, April 12 – at Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
The lineup of guests from Olympia include Attorney General Rob McKenna, state Auditor Brian Sonntag and others. To track the guest list and get more information go to the WPC site.