Helena, Mont. – Rick Hill, a Tea Party gubernatorial candidate and former member of congress, is on-the-air attacking a Primary opponent. And, the Montana Democratic Party is calling out Congressman Hill for being disingenuous about his record on tax increases in his televised attack ad.
“Congressman Rick Hill has a history of supporting massive tax increases in Big Sky Country,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Ted Dick. “Hill led the charge as a lobbyist for a $400 million sales tax measure, a $72 million income tax measure, and a sharp increase in payroll taxes. If the measures Hill fought for had passed, Montanans would be paying more for guns, trucks, groceries, and to recreate.”
Dick continued: “That’s unacceptable, and Rick Hill needs to come clean about his long record of pushing for higher taxes in our state.”
Examples of Congressman Hill Leading the Charge for Higher Taxes in Montana Include:
Ø Fought for $400 Million Sales Tax in Montana: Hill led the charge as a lobbyist for a $400 million sales tax measure, which was subsequently placed on the ballot – voters rejected Hill’s proposed tax increase (1).
Ø Advocated for $72 Million Backup Income Tax in Montana: Hill advocated for an income tax bill that would have raised taxes $72 million if it had not been repealed by voters – voters repealed Hill’s backup income tax (2).
Ø Backed Sharp Increase of Payroll Taxes in Montana: As Chairman of the State Workers Compensation Board, Hill backed a package of workers compensation reforms that included new employee and employer payroll taxes (3).
Ø Supported Tax Hike on Gas in Montana: Hill supported, and fought for a $35 million gas tax while serving as a lobbyist (4).
“Talk is cheap. Rick Hill can try to dishonestly spin his record, but be rest assured that voters won’t let him get away with it – Montanans know the truth about Hill fighting for tax increases in our state,” said Dick.
Check the Facts (Sources):
1. Associated Press. “Hill Didn’t Support Tax Bills He Promoted.” May 24, 1996
2. Associated Press. “Hill Didn’t Support Tax Bills He Promoted.” May 24, 1996
3. Associated Press. “Racicot Scolds Candidate in GOP House Race.” May 28, 1996.
4. Associated Press. “Racicot Scolds Candidate in GOP House Race.” May 28, 1996.