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A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes, April 16, 2001 in Atlanta, GA. It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers)
A man deposits his tax return into a mailbox on the final day for filing taxes, April 16, 2001 in Atlanta, GA. It is estimated that some 24 million Americans will be filing their returns on this day. (Erik S. Lesser/Newsmakers)
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Is It Time To Abolish The Montana Income Tax?

Many American's think they are tapped out when it comes to taxes so the disappearance of a Montana Income Tax might seem like a windfall to many.

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LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
LUNEBURG, GERMANY - JULY 27: A female cashier weighs apples in a Supermarket on July 27, 2005 in Luneburg, Germany. Sparked by the election manifesto of the opposition party CDU, Germany currently debates wether raising the Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) would in fact promote economic growth or if it would have the opposite effect by hurting families and low-income households. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Does Bozeman Need A Local Option Sales Tax?

The problems most of us have with taxes is that once the camel’s nose is in the tent it’s pretty hard not to let the rest in.

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Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
Photo Credit Catherine Jones • Source ThinkStock
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My New Year Resolutions for Politicians

Since congress tells Americans what light bulbs to buy, or to stop using sprinkles on doughnuts I thought it would be fair to give them some direction too.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's 'American Health Care Reform Act' during a press conference with other members of the committee as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (L), RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) looks on at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican bill is intended to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's 'American Health Care Reform Act' during a press conference with other members of the committee as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (L), RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) looks on at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican bill is intended to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Free Speech — Can It Cost You?

What if I was invited to speak to such a group about business issues? Should I turn that down simply because I don’t agree or think as they do? Why?

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: A general view of atmosphere during New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: A general view of atmosphere during New Year's Eve 2012 in Times Square on December 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Happy New Year — 2015!!

Human Knowledge doubles every 13 months. Using that theory we should be twice as smart next December as we are today. Other than Congress of course.

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PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 11: Blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As U.S. President George W. Bush travels the country to stump for his plan to change the Social Security system, opposition continues from some members of Congress and senior citizen groups concerned that the proposal would erode guarantees to the federal retirement program. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Can Social Security Be Saved?

Fill in the blank. “Social Security will run out of money in the year _______?” This question has no easy answer due to our economy.

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WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
WHITEFISH, MT - FEBRUARY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the Black Star Beer Barter 2012 on February 4, 2012 in Whitefish, Montana. (Photo by Craig Moore/Getty Images for Black Star Beer)
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Tom’s Opinion: The Montana Legislature Dress Code

It’s unfortunate we have to resort to unnecessary regulations for our leaders to take pride in their appearance while doing the work of the people of Montana.

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: An ice sculpture reading Middle Class is displayed as people gather to protest before the beginning of the Republican National Convention on August 26, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. The convention starts the week of August 27th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Has Anyone Seen The Middle Class? They Seem To Be Missing

The census defines the median household income at $51,017 or a little over $24.00/hr. Individual median income in 2014 is $28,595 or about $27.00/hr.

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on September 23, 2011 in New York City. U.S. markets faced another volatile day amidst fears about economic growth in Europe. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Who Really Grows Economic Recovery?

Consumers spend more money buying Halloween candy ($2 billion) than was spent in the most recent election.

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POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - JUNE 03: Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter on June 3, 2011 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Employers in May added 54,000 jobs, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate inched up to 9.1 percent. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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What Do The Unemployment Numbers Really Mean?

As of last Friday the reported unemployment rate is 5.8%. What does that really mean? Who’s counted and who’s not?

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