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Letter to the Editor


April 15, 2020 | View PDF

Letter To The Editor

In response to Brad Tschida’s editorial comments on House Representative Joel Krautter’s voting record, I as a Montana’ taxpayer and voter the past 44 years, did some research. SB 338, collection of bed/hotel taxes, provides funds for the Historic preservation grant program: historic sites, museums, tourist promotion, maintenance of state parks and construction of the Montana Heritage Center.

HB 661, the aviation fuel tax, will increase revenues for MDT’s grants to local public use airports (Glendive and Sidney), aviation education and aviation mechanic’s education.

HB 694 increased the investment advisors’ license from $200 to $400 and individual advisor’s license from $50 to $100. These license fees had not been raised in two decades. By comparison a Montana Barber’s license is $85 with a business inspection fee of $150. Manicurists and Cosmetologists licenses are $80.

HB 658, Medicaid Expansion, was supported by the Sidney Health Center and provides uninsured workers with health care. SB 24, an optional vehicle registration, raised fees from $6 to $9 per vehicle and is an investment in our outdoor heritage by funding Montana State Parks, fishing access sites and trail grant programs. The fee had not been raised since 2003. Joel Krautter supported this legislation for the betterment of our state and citizens. No complaints from this tax payer.

- Janet Martineau, Sidney MT


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