The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By Michael Siebert
UM Community News Service 

How the legislature might affect your taxes


April 12, 2017

Freddy Monares/UM Community News Service.

Sen. Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville, left, says at a press conference Tuesday that infrastructure is a three-legged stool consisting of the cash side, highway funding and bonding. "Everybody has an equal bullet in the Legislature, you get one, and everyone's bullet is just as important as the next," Thomas said.

HELENA -- When it comes to balancing the state budget, there are two schools of thought - raise taxes and generate revenue, or cut spending and save money.

With the state facing a budget shortfall, that ideological difference has become all the more prominent throughout Montana's 65th Legislative session. Often, it defines party lines.

In Gov. Steve Bullock's original budget proposal, he suggested a wide variety of tax increases on everything from cigarettes to medical marijuana. Perhaps most significantly, he also proposed a tax increase on Montana's top earners.

But with Republicans hold...

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