I honestly just don’t understand the Brown for Governor campaign. Every week it seems he calls a press conference or sits down with the media to tell them that he doesn’t really know what he will do as governor. Earlier this week, it was his ill-conceived and poorly-developed plan for hiring new teachers in some parts of the state. Yesterday, it was property taxes:
Brown said such a reduction in the statewide property tax may help an average homeowner by about $50 a year, although he is not yet sure of the exact amount. He said the biggest benefit of such a decrease is that it reduces tax bills year after year.
“Maybe it’s not a huge deal to get a $100 reduction on your property taxes but it helps offset the (local tax) increases,” Brown said.
I’m not an economist or a mathematician, but hasn’t Brown been railing against the $400 rebate Montana property owners received in the last Legislature? Calling it insufficient? Given a planned (maybe) $50 dollar reduction per year, won’t it take eight years for the average property owner to receive $400 under Brown’s plan?
I wonder if Brown maybe has something else in mind. I have a feeling that not everyone will be receiving just $50 annually. It’s just possible that Brown intends to offer token relief to average Montanans so that he can give huge tax breaks to large corporations and land owners. I guess I wouldn’t be very specific about my plans, either, if I was pretending to be offering tax relief to ordinary Montanans while giving the real benefits to the very wealthy among us.
Even worse, perhaps, Brown is acting like a new conservative: cutting taxes without actually providing a means to pay for it:
Brown was not specific as to where he would find the money to pay for such a tax cut.
To review, what is Senator Brown offering? An undefined property tax cut, benefiting undefined property owners, paid for with trickle down dreams.