House Taxation Committee
HELENA -- Only one income tax simplification bill survived Monday, although its Senate sponsor was not happy with a series of House committee amendments that boost the costs of his bill.
HELENA — The House Taxation Committee endorsed a bill Monday to extend to all new future electrical generating facilities —including coal and natural gas — the current tax breaks offered only to alternative-energy facilities such as wind.
HELENA — With Republicans spearheading the effort, legislators are seeking to cut taxes by nearly a half billion dollars.
HELENA — A House committee on Friday heard the Legislature’s third major proposal to overhaul Montana’s complex income tax system to make it easier for taxpayers to understand.
HELENA — Some key executive action is coming in committees this week and figures to top the legislative agenda.
HELENA — State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Dennis Parman didn’t mince words Friday when he blasted supporters of this session’s major bill creating tax credits to help finance scholarships for kids attending private schools in Montana.
HELENA — The House Taxation Committee heard rival property tax bills Friday, one by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for a $400-per-homeowner rebate and the other a Republican plan to reduce taxes for homeowners and businesses alike.
HELENA — A Great Falls legislator said Tuesday that he wants to simplify Montana’s individual income taxes and make it so married couples who filed their taxes jointly aren't penalized.
Two state legislators from Billings have introduced bills to change the law used by the City Council to create a citywide park district in 2011 without putting the matter to a public vote.
HELENA — A deadlocked interim legislative committee couldn’t agree Monday on a three-year estimate of projected revenue in the first such impasse since the process began in the early 1980s.
HELENA — A bill heard Wednesday would let Montanans vote next year on whether they want to receive refunds of surplus state tax collections if those collections exceed a certain trigger.
HELENA — Lawmakers have decided to stick with a revenue estimate from fiscal analysts that frees up about $40 million for the ongoing budget debate.
HELENA — The Legislature’s chief revenue forecaster on Wednesday projected higher state revenue collections over a three-year period, but not by as much as he estimated in February.
HELENA — The Republican majority on an education subcommittee on Thursday cut $4 million in proposed state funding for programs such as those for gifted and talented students and providing vocational education, a move that jeopardizes an equivalent amount of federal money.
HELENA — Representatives of business and agricultural groups on Wednesday supported a bill to eliminate the state's 3 percent property tax on business equipment, which brings in $90.5 million to state and local governments annually.
Death and taxes, the old adage goes, are the only two sure things in life. Well, at least death doesn’t get worse every time the Legislature meets.
HELENA - Republicans and Democrats can't even agree on how much money the state will have for its budget, setting up far bigger battles when lawmakers actually start deciding how to spend it.