I am writing Clay Christian, Montana commissioner of high education, Paul Tuss, chair of the Board of Regents, and the various university presidents and chancellors at the public universities in our state if they will join me in demanding that U.S. corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. Higher education could be free in Montana and the rest of our country if corporations started to fulfill their civic duty and pay taxes.
According to Citizens for Tax Justice, 26 corporations, including General Electric, Boeing, Verizon Communications, Priceline and Corning, have paid no total taxes for 2008-2012.
Many corporations actually get money back from the government.
I grow weary of listening to our educational leaders praise the virtues of business when the businesses they pay homage to are stiffing the citizens of Montana. The time has come to stop apologizing for corporate greed and to demand fairness.
Many of my students work two or three jobs, and many of my students are single parents who are trying to better themselves and make ends meet.
They pay their taxes, and they deserve a fair deal.
Later this month, the Montana Board of Regents will meet at Northern. I encourage all persons who support higher education to ask that Commissioner Christian and Chair Tuss step up and demand that corporations begin to pay their fair share.