(The Center Square) — As the Pennsylvania House has moved to eliminate junk fees, the less-than-transparent charges are getting more national attention as well.
Junk fees are mandatory fees or charges added to the price of a product, unexpected by consumers and usually revealed alongside taxes near the end of a purchase. They’re commonly labeled as service fees or convenience fees.
“These fees have been spreading like wildfire,” said Nidhi Hegde, managing director of the American Economic Liberties Project, during an event Thursday on junk fees and what actions state legislatures have taken.
In Pennsylvania, the House passed a bill in October by a 172-31 margin to include all fees in the price when potential buyers see the product or service. The bill applies to rental or hotel bookings like Airbnb and Expedia, food delivery services like GrubHub and DoorDash, and ticket platforms like Ticketmaster and StubHub.
The bill sits in the Senate