Barring a resurrection of the atlatl bill, Montana Senate President Scott Sales has already won this year’s contest for the most absurd bill at the Montana Legislature. A year after a disastrous special session led to massive, destabilizing cuts to vital services across rural Montana and ever-present concerns about adequate budget reserves to battle wildfires, Sales is proposing that the people of Montana pony up $8 million to fund President Trump’s impractical vanity wall on the border with Mexico.
Mike Dennison has the story:
Montana Senate President Scott Sales said Wednesday he’ll ask the Legislature to express its formal support for President Trump’s southern border wall – and, put some taxpayer money where its mouth is.
The Bozeman Republican said he’ll also be sponsoring a bill to appropriate $8 million of state money toward building the wall.
While this stunt is clearly little more than an attempt by Sales to get some attention from the reality-deprived members of the GOP electorate before he launches a bid for a 2020 statewide run, it’s also a clear indication of the priorities that drive the leadership of the Montana GOP.
While they’re fine with the idea of Montanans needlessly dying and rural hospitals closing, they’re perfectly willing to use their offices and our dollars for political stunts for their own gratification.
While they’re wont to claim ad nauseam that only they truly understand the constitution, they’re perfectly willing to endorse proposals like having the states assume responsibility for clear federal obligations like border security.
And while they’re entirely satisfied with draconian cuts to social services across the state, they, led by Scott Sales, are perfectly content to demand that taxpayers increase legislative pay by 69% to develop, promote and debate ideas as idiotic as this one.
Stay in your lane, Senator Sales. And please don’t use this legislative session–one that is critical for thousands of Montanans–to further your ambition.