Guest Post: All We Need is Love

One of my favorite songs as we celebrate Valentine’s Day is The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” and lyrics, “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done…Nothing you can make that can’t be made…love is all you need.”

Let’s show our love and stop the devastating cuts to essential public services in Montana. Short term, consider emergency supplemental appropriation. Find the money. Stop the bleeding. Save lives. Sure, it’s bold and a short-term band aid. Let’s also do something sustainable. Elect a legislature that understands its job is to find revenue to fund essential public programs, so all Montanans can enjoy our state’s quality of life and opportunities to be the best they can be. All we need is love, not polarizing political pablum like, “no new taxes.”

We must modernize our outdated tax policy in Montana. We won’t have to further tax hardworking Montanans if we mine untapped revenue and make sure super rich individuals and wealthy multistate corporations pay their fair share too. During the November 2017 Special Legislative Session, some in the tourist industry testified they were willing to support – or at least not oppose – a slight increase in accommodations and car rental taxes. Senate Bill 6 would’ve generated millions of dollars and maximized public benefit from Montana’s yearly $4-billion-and-growing tourist industry. Yet powerful Republicans refused to even bring it to a vote. Where was the love in that?

Our Montana friends, family members and neighbors are being denied life-saving services because Republicans in the legislature would not work across the aisle to generate new revenues for these services. That’s not who we are as Montanans. We don’t turn our backs on our neighbors or communities. We volunteer to fight fires, we bring meals when someone’s sick, and we shovel the ice and snow for someone who can’t. Let’s melt the ice in our collective heart.

I’m not calling for Montana lawmakers to agree on everything. Who does? I’m asking Montanans to elect a legislature with courage to generate public revenues to meet the needs of the people. The Beatles sang it so well. “All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.” Happy Valentine’s Day.


*Rep. Mary Ann Dunwell is a Democrat serving her second term in the Montana State Legislature. She represents House District 84, Helena/East Helena. You can reach her at


12 Comments on "Guest Post: All We Need is Love"

  1. Beatles had another song, Taxman.

    But my favorite is one by Ten Years After, “tax the rich, feed the poor, till there’s no rich no more”.

    No rich Montanans, cause they all moved to Washington and Wyoming where there’s no state income tax.

  2. See ya Big Swede! :)

  3. The rich continue to live in Montana but declare their residence in Washington or Florida or any other place that doesn’t have income tax.
    Look at the candidate from the Yellowstone Club, takes a homestead exemption in California, says he is a Montana resident to get a resident hunting license, but doesn’t pay Montana income tax. He’s got it figured out
    A little love and respect for his fellow man would sure help!

  4. Wyoming now has their own revenue problems now that resources taxes have dried up. Washington residents pay high taxes even with out income tax. Montana system in general is pretty fair and equitable.Decrease in farm/ranch income and lower resources tax has hurt us in the last few years. There is no perfect system. It is the job of the legislature to properly project revenues and expenditures when making the budget. They failed at this task. This forced the special session. Hopefully the next legislature will perform their job in a responsible manner.

  5. Bullock did not do his job so a special session was called.

  6. How much did that cost us? How is the rainy day fund doing? I here the Clinton Foundation is doing better. Lol

    • The original Art Fenske (yep there seem to be two of us posting here) | February 16, 2018 8:58 AM at 8:58 AM |

      I hear you molest Collies.

      • The original Art Fenske (yep there seem to be two of us posting here) | February 16, 2018 12:12 PM at 12:12 PM |

        Sorry Walker. What I meant to say is not only do I like smelling anuses of smart people, but I also like to lick dog balls.

        • The original Art Fenske | February 16, 2018 12:56 PM at 12:56 PM |

          If that works for you to use my alias to try and make yourself look like a Moron, have at it. You are doing well.

          Oh and BTW, I must be hitting a nerve to get you to act in such a manner. Who is this? Swede? Windbreaker? Everyone Else?

  7. anybody else remember when we had a 30% Coal Tax that was to build up a trust fund so when revenues began falling as we knew they would we would have money to rebuild the roads and support the schools so kids could learn to do something besides drive truck in a coal mine? We were sued several times and won every time. Then came the GOP and cut it by 30% and then 50% and then 15% till it’s more of a tip jar than a trust fund. So now when we need a fund like that to save ourselves it’s in the pockets of Martz, Daines, Giantfarte and fellow conspirators. The biggest change Ronnie made that killed a middle-class centered economy and destroyed the American Dream was lower the top tax rate from 71% to 40%, now down to 25%. The last 200 years of history have show us a democracy cannot survive when the top rate falls below 50%. The actual facts and statistics are so stark and stunning it is confounding how we still function at all-tho the “Russian Investigation” is turning up evidence we have not been having truly “free & fair” elections for some time…it’s time to REPEAL REAGANOMICS AND REPATRIATE RESTITUTION FROM REPUBLICAN ROBBER BARONS

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