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House Passes Bill Capping Property Taxes, Will Senate Follow Suit?

House Passes Bill Capping Property Taxes, Will Senate Follow Suit?

I’ve been writing recently about the political risk property taxes represent for North Dakota’s Republicans in the upcoming election. While this legislative session has seen a lot of budget headaches most North Dakotans aren’t going to feel much in pain. Thus, the political ramifications for the cuts are pretty minor I think. But property taxes


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

Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) speaks on the floor of the state House of Representatives in 2015. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democrats Are Right to Worry About Property Tax Hike

Back during his gubernatorial campaign last year Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) warned that the state’s budget problems could result in property tax hikes. “[T]his is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases that people are ever going to be able to remember in history,” he said almost a year ago. “Everyone

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, share a laugh on stage during his inaugural celebration Wednesday, Jan. 4 2016 at the Bismarck Event Center. Photo by John Hageman

Audio: Burgum Opposes Limits on Bonuses, Says Votes for Same Sex Marriage Bill Showed “Courage”

I had Governor Doug Burgum on my radio show today, and we hit on a number of topics including reports that some state lawmakers were upset that he sometimes wears jeans. I asked Burgum if he had dressed up for our interview. He said he was going to wear a clown outfit but couldn’t find

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum applauds members of law enforcement during his State of the State address to the legislature January 3, 2017.

Video: Burgum Plugs Bing, Promotes Education, and Promises End to Property Tax Buy Downs During State of the State

Governor Doug Burgum delivered the first State of the State address of his term in office to lawmakers today. Here’s the full video, which isn’t really all that long and would be worth your time to watch. I put some of my thoughts below: An energetic new tone “The new governor—though he projects an image

Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo) TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Audio: Rep. Al Carlson Says Burgum “Has Seen the Light” on Some of His Criticisms of North Dakota Lawmakers

I had House Majority Leader Al Carlson on my radio show yesterday and, among other things, I asked him how the legislative races were shaping up this election cycle. Particularly after a primary campaign during which Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum was pretty critical of the Republican-led state government. Among other things, Burgum lambasted “run

The Fargo City Commission discussed and approved a $660,000 property tax abatement for FedEx on July 18, 2016.

The Fargo City Commission Just Gave Away $660,000 in Tax Incentives for No Good Reason at All

Last night the Fargo City Commission met and voted to approve a property tax exemption worth $660,000 over ten years for FedEx which is building a facility in the city after announcing that they’d be leaving Grand Forks. The move was already somewhat controversial – Grand Forks city leaders are wondering if this was an

Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider speaks at the state capitol in Bismarck. House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad stands to the left, while Senator Joan Heckaman looks on from the right.

North Dakota Democrats Think You’re Not Paying Enough in Taxes

The drift of North Dakota’s Democrats into political irrelevance often gets blamed on how far left their national party has gone. It’s hard to win elections in North Dakota when your fellow Democrats nationally are advancing (as one example) a federal regulatory regime which would be devastating for North Dakota’s primary industries. But there is


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