Montana Politics

Senator Brown’s Tax Cuts: Another Vague Proposal That Doesn’t Serve Montanans


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.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.


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  • Come on Pogie, I’ve been waiting all week for you to write about the current market crisis and the health of America’s (read: world’s free market) financial system. Who are you going to blame? Ha! What positive indicators are you going to cherry-pick for MT’s economy? Ha! How are you going to tell readers ALL IS WELL in MT’s economy, with such massive implications impacting MT in coming months (business development, real estate valuation, property tax income, credit defaults, 401K plans, state retirement plans… and on, and on)? Ha! Glad you were so well versed with your economic outlook last month.

    Good luck with the coming post.


  • This was cute last time, but now it’s just absurd. I know it’s presumptuous of me to deign to ask a leading authority like yourself a question, but could you answer what I asked the last time you dropped by?

    While you’re at it, care to explain Senator Brown’s tax proposal? In what way is it better for the average Montana homeowner to receive $50 each year instead of the $400 Schweitzer gave?

  • So you’re choosing to ignore/sidestep my question regarding a post on MT’s economic outlook? I see you’re also chosen to begin your response insulting me, again. What’s cute is how insecure you feel about this topic. I’ll be waiting on a post.

  • Cute game. I’m done. I answered your question in the last post. You chose not to engage after that. That’s my answer. Montana is outperforming the national/regional economy. Roy Brown is wrong to say that it is not. You certainly haven’t persuaded me that I am wrong.

    So, explain Roy Brown’s tax cut to me?

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Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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