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Tax Hike Scam Exposed: Montanans Plan Statewide Events/Protests

What is this bill that keeps get buried in the crazy news these days. President Trump initially mentioned that it could lower taxes, but it has been discovered that the tax bill is actually a tax hike for many folks who are not ultra-wealthy.

From the Washington PostThe GOP tax plan is moving forward. It’s a big scam on Trump’s base.

“Everyone always knew Republicans were going to cut taxes for the wealthy. They’re Republicans; that’s what they do. But it’s a genuine surprise to see them raising taxes on people with more modest incomes. Why isn’t this being angrily decried by all those conservatives who believe that tax increases are a crime against humanity? Could it possibly be that they don’t really care about the middle class as much as they say? Was the whole point of this exercise to cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and if regular people have to pay more so those at the top can pay less, then that’s fine with them?”

Montanans have chosen to respond to the tax hike scam with statewide educational events, forums and protests to make sure their voices are heard all the way back in Washington D.C.

Here are the details of the events planned:

HELENA – Taxation and the People:

A conversation about how tax policy affects you

Please join us for a presentation and discussion on the proposed Federal Tax changes.

How will they affect you? How will they affect our community, our state, and our nation?

Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/359748244486918/

Location: Lewis and Clark Library, Small Conference Room, 120 S Last Chance Gulch

Date: Monday, November 27 Time: 6:00pm

MISSOULA – The Biggest Losers-Trump Tax Scam Forum

Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1631137346954139/

Join us for an update on what we learned and to brainstorm what we can do in Montana to fight this atrocious plan to end the middle class as we know it.

Who are the biggest losers? The middle class and those most in need. It’s time to fight back!

Location: Homeword, 1535 Liberty Ln, Suite 116a, Missoula

Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 6pm-7:30pm

BOZEMAN – Tax Protest Steve Daines’ Office

Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/135732067046462/

Let’s gather outside Steve Daines’ office. We have to stay outside the building and off of the street, on the sidewalk to encourage him to vote NO on the Senate Tax Reform bill. Bring signs!!!

Location: 13 S Willson Ave, (1st block off Main Street)

Date: Tuesday, November 28th, 12-1pm

Kalispell – Tax Protest Steve Daines’ Office

Let’s show Senator Daines we are NOT supporting tax reform that favors the wealthy and taxes the middle class. This is NOT acceptable!

Event RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493665790749632/

Location: 40 2nd St East, Suite 211 (KM Building)

Date: Tuesday, November 28th 12-1pm


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  • Some Democrats still detest sales taxes. But in the last legislature, two Democratic legislators introduced bills to allow Montana cities to inflict local sales taxes on people shopping within the city limits. That might result in lower property taxes for city residents, but it would screw, and screw royally, people living beyond the city’s limits. If more revenue is needed, the progressive income tax is the best solution.

  • Thankfully for the common people of Missoula, we have a GOP-controlled legislature. The chances of Engen getting his way in 2019 or 2021 are slim to none.

    • “Thankfully for the common people of Missoula, we have a GOP-controlled legislature,” says Strandberg. That is, unless you’re one of Montana’s neediest and rely on the Department of Health and Human Services, which will see a $50 million cut … or have a kid in a public school that’s counting on a block grant or have a child with autism or are a senior who needs help paying for their meds…

      The legislature did a great job, though, if you happen to own stock in CoreCivic, the private prison corporation that bribed its way to a new 10-year contract.

      • I think you make good points, Pete, but it’s just that the majority of people in the state don’t have any skin in that game.

        We’re not needy. We don’t rely on DPHHS. We don’t have kids that rely on block grants or have autism, or help paying for meds. And of course we don’t own stock in any companies.

        So when we hear stories about these needy people, we shrug our shoulders, with them luck, and get back to work seeing to our own family’s well-being. What else are we supposed to do?

        I think Democrats can help a lot of people, but unless they start winning again, that’s not going to happen. We’ve got to figure out the issues that truly matter to the majority of people in the state.

        It’ll be interesting to see what Tom Woods has to say about this when he’s in Missoula on Thursday. Maybe I’ll see you down there.

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