How do Congressman Greg Gianforte and the Montana Republicans plan to pay for their tax cuts to millionaires and mega-corporations? We all know what Gianforte’s ideal solution is, he was caught stating it back in 2002.
Gianforte’s ideal solution is a sales tax and that is also the ideal solution of the Montana Republican Party.
Behind closed doors Montana Republicans are working on securing votes to implement a statewide sales tax in Montana. GOP Representative Kerry White put HB 620 on the floor last session to force a statewide sales tax on everything Montanans purchase. It failed to get a majority of votes, this time around, but Rep. White’s sales tax study bill HJ 43 did get 53 Republican votes and passed. Republicans are actively studying how they can pass a sales tax in Montana without the people even knowing about it.
With budget shortfalls looming due to Republicans’ spending spree and less revenue coming in because of their tax breaks for millionaires, Republicans are scrambling to find a way to keep their tax cuts alive while continuing to screw over working Montanans. Why? Because most of these old Republicans are retired and wealthy, their friends are wealthy, so why should they care about your livelihood when all they care about is increasing their 401k?
But taxing hard-working Montanans to pay for more tax cuts to millionaires isn’t enough for Republicans. Senate President Scott Sales has called to replace property taxes with a sales tax. This would require a 12% sales tax even when including tourism dollars. The highest property taxes are paid by out-of-state millionaires who are already getting tax cuts at our expense, but now they will have their multi-million dollar mansions on Flathead Lake exempt from all property taxes. Montana would become a paradise for the super-rich from Texas, California, Maryland, and New Jersey. Oh, wait a minute…that’s Republican’s ideal solution.
Gianforte and Montana Republicans want to make Montana a playground for wealthy out-of-staters who already pay sales taxes back in their home states and only live in Montana during the summer months. These super-rich buy up our land, put up fences, lock Montanans out, drive up our housing costs, and then are gone for most of the year. These are the people who Montana Republicans want coming to our state, just look at how many times they’ve invited New York Celebrity Donald Trump Jr. to come fish and hunt our lands.
By cutting taxes for rich out-of-staters, and implementing a sales tax to eliminate property taxes on multi-million dollar mansions and hobby ranches, Republicans secure a windfall of campaign donations. California Troy, Maryland Matt, and Jersey Gianforte all came here to hide their taxes, buy up our land, and change Montana to fit their wealthy coastal values.
Jersey Gianforte and his Republican followers are set to sell out Montana’s middle class by implementing a sales tax to eliminate property taxes for their wealthy donors. We the people of Montana must reclaim our state and stop the Republicans sales tax by voting them all out of office. Keep Montana Great, vote out these carpetbaggers and turncoats.