Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Phone Tax On Hold

At least a few Republicans still believe in lower taxes, apparently.

Prospects aren’t looking good for the much-lobbied Senate bill to deregulate landline phone service and expand the definition of customers who get “nonbasic” service subject to potential rate hikes.

SB2626 by Sen. Haridopolos was just suddenly postponed after it failed on a 5-4 vote, with committee member Sen. Charlie Justice out of the room presenting a bill in another committee. Sens. Victor Crist, Dan Gelber, Evelyn Lynn, Nan Rich, and Eleanor Sobel voted no. The bill is being pushed by companies including AT&T, but has garnered opposition from AARP and other consumer advocates.


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