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Hawk backs lower taxes, strong property rights in HD90
By Kyle Lehman
Ray Hawk is running for reelection on the same platform of reducing taxes and protecting private property rights that has won him his previous three terms representing HouseDistrict 90 in the Montana House of Representatives.During Hawk’s time in the House he has established himself as a reliable promoter of what he describes as the conservative principles of lower taxes and smaller government.Hawk’s voting record has won him the support of several small business and industryorganizations but drawn criticism from some for his stances on environmental issues andeducation.Hawk faces challenger Democrat Yvonne Gritzner in the race to represent the Bitterrootdistrict that includes Florence and Stevensville.If elected to serve a fourth term, Hawk says that one of his most important issues will beeliminating Montana’s business equipment tax, which he says unfairly burdens the state’s businesses. Hawk used the example of a contractor who must pay tax on any machineryhe purchases for his business.“Every year he has to pay three percent of what they’re worth, pretty soon he has paid for