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Thanks To Out Of Control Pensions, Local Governments Spending More To Do Less

Thanks To Out Of Control Pensions, Local Governments Spending More To Do Less

The right-left divide on government is between the liberal preference for high-tax, high-service government and the conservative preference for low-tax, low-service government. But thanks to out of control defined-benefit pensions, what Americans are increasingly getting is high-tax, low service government. The worst of both worlds: Local governments are spending less on public services because public

Guest Post: North Dakota Tax Cuts Represent Dark Clouds For Minnesota Border Communities

As the 63rd North Dakota legislative session comes to a close not much has been reported about the ongoing implications of the unprecedented economic prosperity, record tax relief and increased state spending on the communities bordering North Dakota and Minnesota. According to the 2010 census there were over 122,000 residents in the seven Minnesota counties

Dorso Column: Eliminate The Income Tax, Not The Property Tax

I have to admit I am totally perplexed by the logic of some of the SAB readers. On the one hand you are so conservative that you feel most of the Republicans legislators are RINOs. On the other hand you think that a measure eliminating the property tax is a good solution. Some of you

Late Into The Night, Legislature Votes To Buy Up $865 Million Worth Of Local Property Taxes

The House and Senate finally found some common ground on property taxes after a row kicked off yesterday morning when the House reconsidered, and rejected, Governor Jack Dalrymple’s plan to have the state effectively take over education funding from the local governments. Here’s what went down: Governor Dalrymple’s $714 million education mills buy-down was reduced

House Kills Property Tax Bill On Reconsideration, "I Feel Like We've Been Held Hostage"

Today the House reconsidered their vote yesterday approving Governor Jack Dalrymple’s $714 million property tax reform bill, and they killed it on a 53-39 vote. “Yesterday we succumbed to the fact that all we could get from the Senate was $250 million in personal and corporate income tax cuts,” said House Majority Leader Al Carlson

North Dakota House Caves, Approves Senate's Smaller Income Tax Cuts

Back in February the House passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Craig Headland which would have reduced the state’s corporate and personal income taxes by more than $500 million. “The question now is, how much will the Senate water these cuts down?” I asked in a post at the time. Flash forward to May and

You'd Think Governing With A Super Majority Would Be Easier

North Dakota’s legislators are getting the morning off to attend the funeral of former North Dakota Governor Bill Guy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of work to do. On the 79th day of a constitutionally-constrained 80 session the House and Senate are still miles apart on a lot of key issues.

North Dakota Senate Kills $352 Million Income Tax Package

Yesterday I wrote of the food fight going on between the North Dakota House and the Senate over HB1250, a package of income tax cuts. Well, yesterday evening the House (after much contentions debate) passed a $352 million package ($251 million in cuts for personal incomes, $101 million for corporate) with a strong, bi-partisan 76-vote

Dorso Column: Solve North Dakota's Spending Problem With Tax Cuts

The problem with governments and excess revenue is that there are a lot of people, bureaucrats, legislators and special interest groups who have “great ideas” on how to spend it. The real difficulty is that legislators have a problem saying no. It is immensely easier to agree with spending when you have a lot of

North Dakota Tax Revenues Up Nearly 64% Over Last Biennium

North Dakota’s economic boom continues to drive a boom in tax revenues for the state. According to the latest numbers from the Office of Management and Budget released this morning, the state has seen a 63.6% in revenues biennium-to-date over the last biennium. So far state revenues have increased nearly $1.7 billion over the last

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