Sales tax lobbyist-turned-Congressman Rick Hill is having a hard time getting over his longtime infatuation with sales taxes.
At last week's debate Hill said, “I have never suggested that a sales tax would be part of an agenda for the Hill Administration.” On the contrary, Hill has touted his support for a sales tax throughout his entire campaign.
See this video of Congressman Hill on his sales tax, and this transcript:
“I have in the past and continue to support a state sales tax.” Voices of Montana, 12/15/11
“I am not an advocate for a sales tax.” Billings, 2/9/12
“Again, my view to make it absolutely clear, I would support a sales tax.” Voices of Montana, 12/15/11
“So I am not going to support a sales tax.” Billings 2/9/12
“I have supported a state sales tax.” Voices of Montana 8/18/11
“I am not going to advocate for a sales tax in Montana.” Billings 2/9/12
“I have often been an advocate for a sales tax.” Helena 6/2/11
“In the past I have favored a sales tax in Montana.” Billings 2/9/12
“What I do not support, I want this to be clear, is a sales tax.” KGVO 2/1/12
“I could only support a sales tax.” Billings 2/9/12
“But I have indicated that I would consider looking at a sales tax.” KGVO 2/1/12
“Again, I don’t support a sales tax.” Voices of Montana, 12/15/11
“What I have said is I think Montana might be better off with a sales tax.” PBS Debate, 10/10/12
"No matter what he says, Congressman Hill has been a longtime advocate for a sales tax in Montana," said Chris Saeger, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party. "Only a career politician like Congressman Hill could be so unfaithful to the truth, and still expect Montanans to be there when he comes back from Washington. Unfortunately for Congressman Hill, Montanans have long memories and they'll reject him, and his sales tax, at the ballot box."
In the 1990s, Congressman Hill lobbied for a 4% sales tax on everything from groceries to utilities [Billings Gazette, "Sales Tax Bill Taxes Patience" 4/3/93].
Congressman Hill continues to support a sales tax even though the Tax Foundation claims a sales tax would knock Montana out of the top ten business tax climates. Montanans have repeatedly rejected sales taxes at the ballot box -- the most recent effort failed in 1993 by 50%.