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Your cell phone tax could increase

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PASCO, Wash.—Most of us don't use landlines anymore, we just carry cell phones.  But a bill in the state legislature may change that.  If it passes, your cell phone bill could spike.

To fill the state's budget deficit, state lawmakers are looking at increasing your cell phone tax.  State government already has an 18% percent tax.  Local government would be able to increase their cell phone tax up to 6%.  Washington State already has the second highest cell phone tax rate in the country.

"The burden is being shifted to the local municipalities," says Colin Hastings, Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

Hastings says it would affect everyone.  He also says the bill would eliminate voter approval.  Now some users are voicing their opinion another way.

"We should be able to shop in our own state without these higher taxes," says Marie Kanpp, cell phone user.

"About all you can do is use it less," says Robert Vosburgh.

But don't cut your services just yet.  State lawmakers are still negotiating, and when it comes down to it, the dollars have to come somewhere to fill the state's budget shortfall.

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