It’s not a threat. It’s a reality. However, we only know of one city that is enforcing it at this time, Philadelphia, PA, the “City of Brotherly Love”. The fee is $300 for a “business license” to publish a blog. If the blog produces no income and has no apparent commercial intent the fee is still being applied on the assertion that it is a “potential business”.
No new law was passed. The city simply widened the net of an existing law by declaring blogging to be a business, the same as a shoe store or barber shop. This class of tax in some states is called an Entity Tax. An Entity Tax is an Orwellian tax because it taxes something simply because it exists. No justification required.
Here we have an example of what Mark Levin calls “soft tyranny”.