2005 Regular Session
By: Representative Lott
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES SENATORS OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI SUPPORT A REPEAL OF THE FEDERAL EXCISE TAX ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
WHEREAS, the federal excise tax on communications was enacted in 1898 for the purpose of funding the Spanish-American War; and
WHEREAS, the tax was introduced as a "temporary" luxury tax; and
WHEREAS, telephone service is no longer a luxury, but rather a necessity for consumers of all income levels; and
WHEREAS, the federal excise tax is regressive, as low-income Americans pay a higher percentage of their income for telephone services than high-income Americans; and
WHEREAS, telecommunications services are the infrastructure upon which new technologies, including the Internet, depend, and therefore, the telecommunications excise tax discourages expansion of both the telephone infrastructure and new technologies; and
WHEREAS, the federal excise tax on telecommunications flows into the general fund, rather than being earmarked for a specific purpose; and
WHEREAS, both houses of Congress passed a repeal of the federal excise tax on telecommunications in 2000, which was vetoed by President William Jefferson Clinton:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That the Legislature of the State of Mississippi requests our United States Senators to support a repeal of the federal excise tax on telecommunications.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be furnished to Mississippi's Congressional Delegation and to the members of the Capitol Press Corps.