Lawmakers Consider Placing Surcharge On Monthly Cell Phone Bills – Hartford Courant

With seemingly everyone having a cell phone nowadays, state negotiators are considering raising millions in tax money through a monthly surcharge.

One of the newest items up for discussion in the closed-door budget talks is a monthly surcharge on all cell phone bills at either $1 or 50 cents.

But a knowledgeable negotiator predicted Wednesday that the proposed $1 charge would be dropped to 50 cents or taken out of the package altogether before the overall deal is finalized.

The point of the cell phone charge, the insider said, was that it was a “widespread revenue source’’ that would affect huge numbers of consumers and was “recurring’’ so that the state would continue to receive tax money.

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