Remember What Montana Democrats Said About a Special Session?
If you missed the news over the Christmas and New Years holidays, an effort to call for a special session of the Montana Legislature came up short. Here's what I found interesting...
Back in July, I wrote about how Montana Democrats are now pretending to care about property taxes. That's right, the same legislative Democrats who voted against income tax rebates and property tax rebates now want you to believe that they care about rising property taxes (property taxes that were going up long before Republicans took back control of the Governor's office on the 2nd floor of the Montana Capitol).
Then in October, we got word that 20 Montana Democrats who voted against property tax rebates made sure to get the rebate for themselves. (Some of the ones who didn't apply were renters so they weren't eligible for the additional relief anyway)
Now let's fast forward to January 2024. As some of you already knew, tax revenue in Helena continues to climb. That's right. The GOP supermajority and GOP Governor Greg Gianforte (R-MT) cut taxes and delivered income and property tax rebates worth over $1 Billion and revenue continues to climb.
Given the surplus that continues to pour in to state coffers, the Montana Freedom Caucus issued a call for a special session of the legislature to deliver even more tax relief. Guess what? Legislative Democrats voted AGAINST a special session. That's right- the same Montana Democrats who said they wanted a special session voted against it when they had the chance.
Lukas Schubert is a young man running for the state legislature out of the Flathead Valley and shared this response via X.com:
Schubert: In July, Democrats sent a letter to @GovGianforte requesting a special session. Now, ALL of the Democrats who signed on to the letter voted AGAINST the recent special session called by MT Freedom Caucus to address property taxes. What games are they playing?
Here's his tweet and the roll call vote:
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