Do We Really Want to Put More of North Dakota’s Eggs in the Oil Revenue Basket?

As an oil well pumps in the background, a bull moose roams the prairie near Kenmare, N.D., in October 2015. Moose continue to thrive on the prairie, and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has issued a record number of tags each of the past three years. (Photo/ Jason Smith, North Dakota Game and Fish Department)

Is former Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams considering running for the Legislature, or perhaps a statewide office, this election cycle?

I don’t know the answer to that question, but a recent letter by him to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead sure sounds like the sort of thing a prospective candidate would write, especially since it apes a tired talking point about oil taxes Democrats have been using unsuccessfully for two election cycles.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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