Montana Taxpayers Association celebrates first 100 years

PHIL DRAKE

The Montana Taxpayers Association will have its 100th annual meeting Dec. 8 at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel with former Gov. Marc Racicot as its luncheon speaker.

Bob Story, the MTA executive director, said he has been around for 25 of the organization’s 100 years.

“It’s a milestone for any organization to be around that long and still be relevant,” he said.

Story estimated the nonpartisan group now has 300-400 members.

“Everyone is a taxpayer, whether they pay directly or indirectly…” he said.

Story said MTA focuses on making sure taxes aren’t higher than they need to be.

He said the group tries to remind people, especially policymakers, who call for taxing the rich or corporations, that it affects everyone in one way or another.

Story, a former Republican state lawmaker and senate president, is a common face at the state Capitol during the legislative sessions. He speaks often on tax ramifications of bills and other proposals.

He said his role as executive director of the MTA gives him the opportunity to stay involved in the tax policy arena and to educate legislators on the tax system.

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