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I agree with the guest column by the four Bozeman Democrats on Nov. 29. There is no doubt that the current Montanan tax system penalizes state residents (who vote) and benefits non-residents (who don't). But why do the authors not embrace the logic of their position and advocate a sales tax?

It is the height of folly for a state dependent on tourism to eschew a sales tax, a significant proportion of which would be paid by non-residents, and place the full burden of state services on residents mostly via a property tax. Particularly when economists are broadly agreed that a sales tax is among the most efficient — least distortionary — ways of raising revenue and high property taxes obviously lead to less affordable housing.

When will the politicians in Montana wake up to this issue and reduce the tax burden on their constituents by proposing and then introducing a sales tax?

Tony Boote,

Missoula

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