Tax Cuts for the Wealthy and Short-term Rebates Rushed Through Before Lawmakers Even See the Full Budget

Mar 09, 2023

HELENA, Mont. (Mar. 6, 2023) — A diverse group of stakeholders express great concern at the Legislature rushing through $1 billion in tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy and short-term rebates, before even seeing the full budget.

“These bills are being passed and signed into law before lawmakers have even considered the infrastructure and employee recruitment needs presented in the state budget," says Amanda Curtis, president of MFPE. "There is no reason to rush $1 billion in tax cuts for the rich when critical positions are going unfilled."

A model of SB 121, HB 221, HB 192, and HB 222 show that the wealthiest 1 percent of Montanans will see over $9,000 in annual tax cuts from these bills while those with incomes up to $46,000 will see a few hundred dollars on average, most of which is one-time.

Montana Budget & Policy Center is concerned about the long-term impact these tax cut bills will have on services for our seniors and those living with disabilities. “Revenues are high today, the majority of which result from temporary federal stimulus and inflation. These bills will result in a significant cut to our tax base, which is risky, especially with economic uncertainty on the horizon,” says Rose Bender, director of research for the Montana Budget & Policy Center.

“With Montana nursing homes closing at an alarming rate and other critical workforce needs unaddressed, such as child care and affordable housing, pushing these bills through now is premature, if not reckless. It is the proverbial cart before the horse,” Margie MacDonald of Big Sky 55+ cautioned.

While the legislature awaits a hearing on the full budget until the second half of the session convenes in March, subcommittees have moved forward with proposals for their sections of the budget. Gaping holes remain including fully funding Medicaid provider rates, extending Medicaid coverage for 1 year following the birth of a child, and fully funding the Office of Public Defender that provides legal advice to Montanans living on lower incomes.


Rose Bender

Montana Budget & Policy Center



Montana Budget & Policy Center

Montana Women Vote

Forward Montana

Western Native Voice

Big Sky 55+

SEUI 775

Montana Federation of Public Employees

Montana Environmental Information Center

American Civil Liberties Union

Montana Food Bank Network

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana

Montana Human Rights Network

Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Blue Mountain Clinic


All Families Healthcare

Montana NOW

Montanans For Choice

Montana Budget & Policy Center

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