On the heels of Steve Bullock’s announcement of a Job-Creating Homeowner Tax Rebate, please find below your requested information regarding Congressman Hill supporting a sales tax.
In summary, Rick Hill – the former congressman and current gubernatorial candidate – led the charge for a 4 percent, $400 million sales tax in Montana as the head lobbyist for Governor Racicot in 1993. Hill most recently professed his sales tax support last year in stating: “I have often been an advocate for a sales tax as a substitute tax” (1).
Hill’s sales tax is regressive. It would have hurt middle-class folks in Montana as they go to buy groceries, trucks, guns, and homes. Further Hill’s sales tax would have significantly shifted the tax burden. Corporations would have seen significant tax reductions through the reduction of property tax mill levies. All of the new sales tax revenue would have been paid by individual tax payers through the sales tax.