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Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

Democrat-Backed Measure to Raise Oil Taxes Gets Chilly Reception Even From Left Wing Allies

Democrat-Backed Measure to Raise Oil Taxes Gets Chilly Reception Even From Left Wing Allies

About a week ago North Dakota Democrats – specifically current state Senator Merrill Piepkorn and former state Rep. Ed Gruchalla – announced a ballot measure effort to raise North Dakota’s oil tax. Democrats have long been unhappy with reforms passed in 2015 which eliminated a massive exemption from the extraction tax triggered by low prices

Republicans Cut Taxes for the Oil Companies (If You Ignore the Part Where They Raised Taxes)

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.” That’s a quote usually attributed to Joseph Goebbels, and though he didn’t actually say it (the source is actually a 1946 report from the House Committee on Un-American Activities which falsely attributed the comments to Goebbels), there is

Crews work at an oil well site near Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

The Idea That North Dakota Republicans Cut Taxes for the Oil Industry Is Fake News

For years now, since the policy passed during the 2015 legislative session, North Dakota Democrats and their mouthpieces have been braying about how Republicans cut taxes for the oil industry. As is often the case, a lie repeated often enough begins to be perceived as the truth. So now thanks to a steady stream of

Senate Minority Leader, Mac Schneider, and Assistant House Minority Leader, Corey Mock, welcome their constituents before the State of The State Address on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Democrat Minority Leader Mac Schneider: I’m Right About Oil Taxes in an Alternate Version of Reality

Last week I called out Senator Mac Schneider and Rep. Kenton Onstad for a wildly inaccurate claim they made in a newspaper column, which is that Republican-backed oil tax reform was costing the state $11 million per month in revenues. Here’s a direct quote from what they wrote: “The oil extraction tax cut, ramrodded through

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What's Really Motivating Tribal Saber Rattling Over Oil Tax Reforms?

The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation – also know as the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation – are continuing to make noises about withdrawing from what has been an extremely lucrative oil tax deal with the State of North Dakota. “North Dakota Native Americans hint at exiting state oil tax deal,”

North Dakota Democrats Thought "Doomsday" Oil Tax Reform Was A Good Idea In 2011

Democrats emptied their rhetorical silos today on a proposal from Republicans to eliminate a looming oil tax trigger replacing it with a lower overall tax rate. They didn’t skimp on the hyperbole either, using words like “doomsday” and “nightmare.” But what if I told you that a 2011 bill sponsored entirely by Democrats, including House Minority

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

Democrats Want To Hurt North Dakota: "Good For Us" They Say Of Stopping Tax Reforms

North Dakota Democrats have been marginalized in state government for decades now. They haven’t elected a Governor since 1988. They haven’t controlled the state House since 1983. They haven’t controlled the state Senate since 1994. Heck, a Democrat hasn’t won a state office on the statewide ballot since 2008. What’s it going to take for

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North Dakota May Be Just Days Away From First Oil Tax Trigger

With oil prices plunging one major area of concern for North Dakota, aside from the economic downturn that would result from declining oil activity, is the impact on the state budget. Lower oil prices means less revenues for the state, particularly if two tax trigger landmines embedded in the code are invoked. Those triggers fire

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