#70 – Hotline Tax

The 988 crisis hotline is an asset to Coloradans. But the law that created it, SB21-154, went around the voters for funding. The law implemented yet another government enterprise, the 988 Crisis Hotline Enterprise, that is housed in the Department of Human Services. The enterprise sets and imposes a surcharge for users of up to 30 cents per month. Each service provider is required to collect the monthly tax and get it to the public utility commission. This is yet another example of going around the tax payer and calling a tax something other than what it is.