Plain Talk: “We the People” Are the Problem in Politics, and Senator Piepkorn Explains His Call for a Higher Oil Extraction Tax

On this episode of the Plain Talk Podcast, State Senator Merrill Piepkorn (D-Fargo) explains the reasoning behind his legislation to raise North Dakota’s oil extraction tax from 5 percent to 6.5 percent. Especially after Democrats unsuccessfully campaigned on the issue in 2016 and 2018, and failed to get a ballot measure to accomplish this on the 2018 ballot.

Also, why is the government so dysfunctional? Nationally our federal government is still shut down. Locally talk radio hosts and newspaper columnists rail about our “out of touch” Legislature. But these things we complain about, aren’t they what we voted for?

Is the problem the politicians, or us?

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