In November, the Republican Liberty Caucus helped elect five new State Representatives to the Montana House. The new legislators will join sitting libertarian Republicans in the legislature and are forming a strong coalition for limited government in the Montana House. According to newly elected State Rep. Mike Miller (R-Helmville) says the libertarian-conservative coalition in the Montana House have big plans for the coming year. According to Miller,
“My current goal is to get more money into the hands of the people and less in the state coffers. I have two bills in to do that: (1) a tax credit of up to $100 for anyone that purchases Long Term Care insurance and (2) to make necessary health care expenses a tax credit at the lower income levels (limit $1k), phasing into a tax deduction at the higher income levels. Anything I can do to reduce the size of government and the amount of government intrusion into our personal lives is high on my list of priorities.
The House is split 50/50 so the Speaker is of the same party as the governor – Democrat. Also of note is that four-term State Rep. and RLC ally Scott Mendenhall of Helena has been elevated to the Number Two post in the House GOP Caucus.
State Rep. Mike Miller was endorsed by the RLC
and pledges to work for limited government.
(Hat tip to the blog libertarian Republican for information.)