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Democrat Budget Proposal Should Have Begun With An Apology On Oil Taxes

Democrat Budget Proposal Should Have Begun With An Apology On Oil Taxes

You have to hand it to North Dakota Democrats. What they lack in electability they make up for in chutzpah. Yesterday a group of Democrat lawmakers got together and called for the state to create two budgets in the face of revenue uncertainty caused by falling oil prices. “Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider referred to a

North Dakota Democrats Want Revenue Chaos For The Sake Of Partisan Advantage

Senator Lonnie Laffen (R-Grand Forks) submitted an op/ed to SAB and elsewhere taking aim at Democrats for opposing reform of the state’s oil taxes. Republicans sought to reform oil taxes to lower the top rate in exchange for getting rid of two tax exemptions which trigger with lower oil prices. I’ve written at-length about these

Democrat Minority Leader Mac Schneider Owes North Dakota An Apology

Back during the election last year Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider was throwing political bombs over Republican efforts to reform oil taxes during the 2013 session. The reforms “would have cost our state $1.3 billion in the first five years alone,” Schneider wrote for the Grand Forks Herald, claiming that Republicans couldn’t “explain away” support for the

Sen. Lonnie Laffen: Democrats Doomed Meaningful Oil Tax Reforms

The North Dakota legislature will grapple with many challenging issues during the upcoming session. Issues of infrastructure, tax relief, and education top the list. While not as top-of-the-mind as these perennial legislative debates, perhaps the most daunting challenge will be what, if anything, to do about our state’s oil tax structure. [mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″

North Dakota Democrats Just Don't Get It: Voters Don't Want Want Balance For Balance's Sake

“Silver lining shines within N.D. Dems’ election cloud” That’s the headline over a letter to the editor written by the Democrat leadership in the North Dakota Legislature in which House and Senate Minority Leaders Kenton Onstad and Mac Schneider do their best to spin what was an undeniably ugly election day for North Dakota liberals. [mks_pullquote

Short-Sighted Democrats Treat Oil Tax Cuts Like Some Sort Of A Third Rail

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider isn’t on the ballot this year because he represents an even-numbered district. Thus, he’s free to play bomb-thrower for his party this cycle, and the bombs he’s been throwing have to do with efforts to reform the state’s taxes on oil production last session. To hear Schneider tell it,

Measure 4 Is No Power Grab But Rather Common Sense Reform For Initiated Measures

Fargo Forum reporter Mike Nowtazki has a profile of Measure 4 up today, and this oft-overlooked constitutional amendment is framed as being a “power grab” and a limit on the people’s ability to hold the Legislature accountable. But anyone familiar with the actual language of the measure knows it is neither. “I think it’s an

In First TV Commercial George Sinner Says He Wrote Bill He Didn't Actually Write

Democrat George Sinner is out with his first campaign ad of the cycle (see below), and it’s kind of funny. Not quite on par with accusing your opponent of missing days in Congress when you took a vacation during the state’s Legislative session, but still. The ad touts Sinner’s background as a “small town banker”

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 17, 18, 19, 42, and 43 Grand Forks city, Grand Forks County, and Walsh County Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 17, 18, 19, 42, and 43 Click on a District number above