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North Dakotans Should Expect a Property Tax Hike in 2018

North Dakotans Should Expect a Property Tax Hike in 2018

“I guess it’s maybe time for a reality check here,” House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo) said during a floor debate yesterday over SB2206. That legislation deals with the state’s take over of county-level social services. The local governments have been agitating for that take over for some time arguing, correctly, that they amount to

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, left and Mayor Tim Mahoney listen to a discussion. Forum file photo

Leaders From Two of North Dakota’s Largest Communities Blast Tax Incentives in Letter to Lawmakers

A letter is being circulated by lawmakers in Bismarck as they consider reining in certain economic incentive programs. Most local leaders, I’m told, have been hostile to that effort. But at least two, the authors of the letter in question, feel differently. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt blast the

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

Audio: Lawmaker Says There Has Been Little Accountability for North Dakota’s Economic Development Programs

“I was amazed at how many incentives are on the books,” state Rep. Jason Dockter told me yesterday during an interview on my radio show (audio below). Dockter chairs the Legislature’s interim Political Subdivisions Taxation Committee which was tasked by legislation from the 2015 session with reviewing the state’s economic development incentives. When the new

Controversy Over Fargo’s FedEx Tax Break Shows Need for Reforming Economic Incentives

Last night Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig lost his push to rescind over $600,000 in property tax incentives granted to parcel delivery giant FedEx after the company announced they were moving some of their operations to that city from Grand Forks. Gehrig may have lost that vote, but the last laugh may yet be his. When Gehrig got

On Television: Subsidizing Empty Airplanes And Campaign Dollars For Personal Use

Last night was my weekly appearance on Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View program on Valley News Live, and we covered some of the stuff I’ve been writing about here on the blog. Berg played my clip of a floor debate which took place last week over legislation, introduced by Rep. Ben Hanson (D-Fargo) which

With Oil Prices Uncertain House Passes Smallest Income Tax Cut Bill Available

Today the state House took up four different income tax bills. One passed, and three failed. Here’s what House lawmakers rejected: HB1167: Introduced by Rep. Scott Louser (R-Minot), this was by far the largest tax cut before the House. It would have represented a reduction of $973 million in personal income taxes in the coming biennium by

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Video: ND House Votes Against Prohibition On Campaign Funds For Personal Use

This debate happened yesterday and I missed it (it’s been a busy week) but I thought it was worth highlighting today. Rep. Ben Hanson (D-Fargo) introduced HB1253 to prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal expenditures. Because, believe it or not, state law doesn’t already prohibit that sort of thing. In fact, North Dakota

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