GOP lawmaker seeks cut to Montana tourism tax

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  1. End Daze
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    End Daze - March 22, 2013 8:59 am
    why? We have the bed tax and the TBID tax -- which they can't use for the purposes they said they needed it -- and now want to use it to extend the city into convention center business at the expense of all propery taxpayers. If these things didn't work then its better to curtail them rather than expand them, rather than having a bunch of bureaucrats trying to agrandize their importance and pay check.
  2. End Daze
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    End Daze - March 22, 2013 8:55 am
    hunter, this tax was not imposed for the purposes you cite. That it gets expropriated for such is not surprising -- look at what happened to the gambling revenues which were supposed to be to support education. If you want to increase taxes for those reasons go through the process that is provided and let the people decide. Mr. Priest is using some common sense. They don't need four percent to advertise the state. And, by the way, Out of staters DO PAY taxes, it only comes through the people with whom they do business -- from the income, corporate and property taxes that those businesses pay. If you can understand that renters do pay property taxes through their landlords then you can surely understand this.
  3. Glaucon
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    Glaucon - March 21, 2013 2:05 pm
    How does this proposal do either? It could increase tourism by lowering the bed tax, and it increases the portion of the tax that goes to advertising. Reading is hard, apparently.
  4. Infamous J
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    Infamous J - March 21, 2013 9:11 am
    If Jason Priest is for it, rest assured, it is bad for Montana.

    Tourists don't pay a sales tax and contribute absolutely zero $ to our infrastructure. Keeping this tax that goes to the general fund will at least go towards offseting some of the wear and tear on our infrastructure.
  5. Our MT
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    Our MT - March 21, 2013 7:22 am
    No, the reason money goes to the general fund is because some Legislators decided to steal some of the money away from tourism promotion. Any money out there is apt to be grabbed when the Legislature is in session.

    The 4% bed tax should remain. Though they should direct it ALL towards tourism promotion and support (ie... Madison Buffalo Jump, Virginia City, etc...). The money spent by the additional tourists (gasoline taxes, hotels, meals, items) will vastly outweigh any reduction in the general fund.
  6. Jamey
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    Jamey - March 21, 2013 5:29 am
    How many tourists would not come to Montana because a motel room will cost $1 more per night? If Priest doesn't like the tax why doesn't he just say so instead of concocting a silly reason to change the tax? Is this how our state policies are developed?
  7. hunter
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    hunter - March 20, 2013 5:20 pm
    The reason that the tax gives some money to the general fund is because out of staters who don't pay a sales tax, income tax, or property taxes here and use our roads and parks least need to contribute something. Would you rather have a sales tax that everyone would have to pay or an increase in your income tax?
  8. BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest
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    BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest - March 20, 2013 4:03 pm
    We need a tourist tax in billings and also a natural history museum
  9. BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest
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    BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest - March 20, 2013 4:01 pm
    Dumb move to reduce tourism and ads
  10. hunter
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    hunter - March 20, 2013 3:13 pm
    He's back in Helena for a work break. I have seen him skiing at Red Lodge Mountain for the last two thursdays in a row. I assume the legislature was in session then. Maybe it is best that he is playing hokey, that way he can't do as much damage.
  11. End Daze
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    End Daze - March 20, 2013 3:01 pm
    I think that what he suggests makes perfectly good sense. And, Oh Yeah, that's just what Billings needs is another tax. After the sneaky way they got in their last tax increase with the park district I hope they never get another.... it was so disrespectful of the citizens. They are already trying to figure out sneaky ways to siphon off the park money into other aspects of city government because of course there is no limit to how much they can increase the park district taxes. So they are now wanting to CHARGE the parks department for water used in irrigating parks, which means a huge increase in maintenance costs that will go directly to public works if not the genral fund. If Billings needs more revenue tell the citizens so and PUT IT ON THE BALLOT. If they say no, who is the city administrator to say otherwise. Who is the mayor or the city council people to determine they know better than the taxpayer. Go for it Mr. Priest. We have to stop government spending at some point.
  12. 2012
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    2012 - March 20, 2013 2:22 pm
    CCKid-you're letting your liberalism tax everything as much as you can mentality shade your eyes to what the article said. He wants to take the money the state is wasting in the general fund and put it back in the communities it came from. Your bat crap blinders hindered you from seeing that because you thought he was going to lower a tax. I think those communities would like that. Just because he's a Republican, you thought it was a bad idea. Are you forgetting that the Budget bill that was written by the Republicans was just passed 100-0 in the House?
  13. Gus2133
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    Gus2133 - March 20, 2013 12:37 pm
    We need a local option resort tourism tax in Billings like the ones in Red Lodge and West Yellowstone. Should have had it years ago, but the legislarure would not pass the bill for larger cities.

    When will the goodf folks of Red Lodge wake up and send this dark money elected guy packing. ? I always thought they were prety smart, but maybe just another bunch of rubes.
  14. true conservative
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    true conservative - March 20, 2013 12:30 pm
    I agree. Has anyone out there ever decided not to go somewhere because of the amount of hotel tax? Does Mr. Priest have any data supporting the need for this bill?
  15. CarsonCityKid
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    CarsonCityKid - March 20, 2013 11:54 am
    The tourists will come no matter what the tax is....just to see what in the drinking water in Red Lodge. I cannot believe that the people that utilize this tax in their communities like Red Lodge and West Yellowstone will go for another bat crap idea from this particular legislator.

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