On Monday, I read with some disbelief that gubernatorial candidate Steve Bullock’s big plan for Montana was – what for it – a $400 tax rebate. I experienced sudden flashbacks and for good reason.
In his first proposal since winning the Democratic nomination last week, Bullock borrowed a page out of Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s playbook. Schweitzer successfully steered the $400-per-homeowner rebates through the Legislature in 2007.
Make no mistake, I am wholeheartedly supporting Bullock for Governor. The work he has accomplished as Attorney General, his commitment to the middle class, and his willingness to challenge the Citizens United decision make him the right man for the job.
That being said, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed to see Team Bullock roll this out as their first “big” proposal. To me, it showed a lack of creativity and worries me for one simple reason: Hill will be tough to beat (tougher than a lot of Democrats think) and if Bullock plans on winning in November he can’t simply rely on re-using the Schweitzer/Dem playbook of the past ten-plus years.