Montana Dems Launch Website Highlighting Russell Fagg’s Support for 4% Sales Tax


“The Russell Receipt” Shows How Fagg’s Tax Support Would’ve Hurt Montana

Helena – Today, the Montana Democratic Party launched “The Russell Receipt,” a website highlighting ethically challenged Russell Fagg’s support for a 4 percent sales tax. The website calculates a “receipt” showing how much Montanans would have had to pay for regular day-to-day goods had the tax passed.

Fagg, as a legislator, was the deciding vote to put the sales tax on the ballot. Not only that, but Fagg and his wife donated money in support of the ballot initiative.

And that initiative, while supported by Fagg, was soundly rejected by Montana voters by a 3-1 margin. It continues to be widely rejected by voters – in 2011, 64 percent of Montanans opposed a sales tax. The opposition cut across all groups: men, women, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

Fagg also expressed support for an online sales tax in a radio interview on Voices of Montana several weeks ago.

All the other candidates in the GOP Senate primary are opposed to an online sales tax, as is Montana AG Tim Fox, Rep. Greg Gianforte, and Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines.

“Russell Fagg’s support for a sales tax in Montana is wildly out-of-touch with Montana,” said Brooke Bainum, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Montana voters have said again and again they don’t want a sales tax, and they deserve to know how Fagg’s tax would have had a significantly negative impact on their bottom line. His support for a sales tax on top of the two federal complaints he is facing for unethical behavior shows he lacks Montana values.”

View “The Russell Receipt” HERE.


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