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Lawmakers Are Right to Cap Exemption for Social Security Benefits

Lawmakers Are Right to Cap Exemption for Social Security Benefits

In its original form, HB1174 would have allowed Social Security recipients to exempt any income from their benefits from state income taxes. Essentially the law would have allowed those taxpayers to reduce their taxable income by the amount of their benefits. But the state Senate has sought to water down the exemption. “[T]he Senate blunted

Don’t Spend the Legacy Fund (Unless You Spend It in My Back Yard)

I’ve long argued that the pot of billions of taxpayer dollars we call the Legacy Fund represents a moral hazard. Which is to say that it’s a pile of money created for no defined purpose that will now but the subject of much hypocritical political wrangling. For some insight into what I’m talking about, witness

Plain Talk: If We’re Concerned About Road Safety in North Dakota Why Are We Letting Driver’s Education Programs Go Extinct?

On this episode of Plain Talk Jim Keller, a high school math teacher and driver’s education instructor from Elgin, talks about the demise of driver’s education programs in our schools. He says there’s just a half dozen or so school-based driver’s education programs left in the state thanks to budget cuts. A bill to add

State Rep. Craig Headland Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

House Passes Bill to Use Legacy Fund to Replace the Income Tax, Democrats Incorrectly Say It Will Make State More Reliant on Oil Taxes

Not so long ago I interviewed Rep. Craig Headland for Plain Talk about his bill to use Legacy Fund earnings to replace the personal and corporate income taxes. Here’s the audio: The bill, HB1530, would transfer Legacy Fund earnings into an income tax reduction fund. Over time that fund would be used to replace income

Plain Talk: Lawmaker Makes the Case for Using Legacy Fund to Abolish North Dakota’s Income Tax

State Rep. Craig Headland, a Republican from Montpelier and Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Taxation, has introduced legislation to use earnings from North Dakota’s multi-billion dollar Legacy Fund to eliminate the income tax. Both the personal and corporate taxes would be eliminated under his plan. Also Dr. Joanne Luger, a Bismarck-based Dentist,

Gov. Doug Burgum, left, answers question from members of the House Appropriations Committee's Education and Environment Division on Wednesday in the state Capitol in Bismarck. He is proposing that money from the Legacy Fund proposal be used to build the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Museum at Medora. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Plain Talk Podcast: Burgum Opposes Using Legacy Fund Earnings to Replace Income Tax, Talks About Frosty Relationship With State Lawmakers

Governor Doug Burgum was kind enough to be my guest for the first episode of my podcast, Plain Talk. I asked him about what some have described as a frosty relationship between his administration and the Legislature, and he down played it. “We’ve got 141 members in the Legislature, he told me. “The frost advisory

Print Column: Using the Legacy Fund to Eliminate Income Taxes Is an Idea Worthy of Debate

MINOT, N.D. — I’d very much like to live without income taxes. That’s not just a personal desire. One of the biggest challenges to stability and prosperity here are labor shortages and an economy too dependent on commodity-driven industries. Agriculture and energy are great, but it’s a challenge to ride those ups and downs. Eliminating

The Belfield American Legion Color Guard marches toward the Belfield Theatre for the town's Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 30, 2016. (Dustin Monke / The Dickinson Press)

Governor Burgum and a Republican Lawmaker Want to Exempt Military Pay and Pensions From State Income Taxes and It’s a Solid Idea

North Dakota has thousands and thousands of military members, both active duty and retired, living in our state. North Dakota has a chronic labor shortage. North Dakota is also one of just eight states which still fully taxes military pay to retirees. Governor Doug Burgum, along with state Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (R-Fargo), each aim

North Dakota Should Not Eliminate Income Taxes

According to my colleague, reporter John Hageman, folks from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is set to propose eliminating North Dakota’s income taxes at a hearing before state lawmakers: A North Dakota legislative committee will hear testimony next week from a representative of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)on "the long-term benefits of eliminating

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

In Defense of North Dakota’s Income Tax Cuts

North Dakota Democrats have decided to campaign against the income tax cuts our Republican-dominated Legislature implemented in successive sessions from 2009 onward. The individual income tax rate went from a 1.84 – 4.86 percent range to its current 1.10 – 2.90 percent. The argument from Democrats, now echoed in a recent editorial in the Grand

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