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Gianforte Refuses to Support a Ban on a Statewide General Sales Tax

Candidate "did not say" whether he supports Bullock's proposed ban on controversial tax 


New Jersey multimillionaire Greg Gianforte is still struggling to explain why he lobbied for a statewide sales tax that would hurt hard-working Montana families. 

This week Steve Bullock is proposing an amendment to Montana's Constitution prohibiting a statewide, general sales tax. When the Missoulian asked if Gianforte would support such an amendment, his campaign "did not say whether Gianforte would support or oppose such a constitutional amendment"

Greg Gianforte lobbied for a statewide sales tax and now refuses to support a constitutional amendment that would ban a statewide sales tax. It's clear that a statewide sales tax is the only way Gianforte can make his controversial tax scheme pencil out.

All you need to do is look at his record.

The Associated Press reported that Gianforte told then-Governor Judy Martz's Income Tax Advisory Council that imposing a statewide sales tax is "the best solution" for Montana.

Gianforte's statewide sales tax on everything from groceries to Halloween costumes to the Thanksgiving turkey would hurt hard-working middle-class Montana families more than millionaires like himself.

"Greg Gianforte won't say whether he'll follow Steve Bullock's lead and support changing the Constitution to keep a statewide sales tax out of Montana," said Jason Pitt, a spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. "Instead Mr. Gianforte is pushing a fiscally reckless plan that gives tax breaks to out-of-state corporations and millionaires at the expense of hard-working Montanans."

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