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May 22, 2007
The Honorable Senator Steve Ogden
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711-2068
SUBJECT: TIF TAX – END IT, DON’T SPEND IT.
Dear Senator Ogden:
On behalf of our organizations and the nearly 17 million Texas wireless customers, thank you for voting for passage of House Bill 735 to eliminate the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) tax in the Senate Finance Committee!
We ask that you continue to remain steadfast in your support for eliminating the TIF tax and resist any and all attempts to delay the elimination past September 2008 or divert the tax to other purposes. Texans currently pay the third-highest telecommunications taxes in the nation and it is time to end a tax that has served its purpose and is no longer dedicated to the purpose for which it was established.
By supporting HB 735, you are saving millions of Texas families and businesses millions of dollars. These savings allow Texans to keep more of their hard-earned money and help Texas businesses remain competitive as well.
Your dedication to fiscal responsibility as stewards of the people’s money will provide much-needed tax relief for millions of Texans. Thank you, again, for your support of HB 735.
Coalition Signers (see .pdf for complete list)