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Montanans' acceptance of sales tax not here yet



Conventional wisdom guiding many sales-tax proponents over the years is that Montanans someday will embrace a sales tax as the lesser of evils. That is, a sales tax would be preferable to Draconian cuts in state spending. According to this theory, the only reason we don't yet have a sales tax is because threatened budget cuts in the past haven't been severe enough.

Then there's the fairness gambit. The notion here is that Montanans will someday accept a sales tax if it provides the opportunity to stick it to the people who don't pay their fair share of taxes. This school of thoug...

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