Podcast: Tax Commissioner Defends Income Tax Cuts, Lawmaker Says Governor’s Office Audit Is a “Witch Hunt”

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was on the radio show today and responded to a Grand Forks Herald editorial suggesting the state had gone too far in cutting income taxes.

The editorial suggested that successive cuts to income tax rates starting during the 2009 session have narrowed the state’s tax base making us more dependent on oil taxes and thus more vulnerable to swings in commodity prices.

But Rauschenberger pointed out that the state is dependent on commodity prices whatever the income tax rates are set at.

Also state Rep. Roscoe Streyle was on to discuss his letter to the editor in which he called Auditor Josh Gallion’s inquiry into Governor Doug Burgum’s travel spending a “witch hunt.”

The full audio of today’s show is below. If you want to subscribe to the podcast and have it delivered to your devices daily, click here.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, 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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