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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

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

Governor Jack Dalrymple, right, along with members of the Governor's Task Force For Property Tax Reform and the legislature announced a final tax cut relief package totaling $400 million in income and property taxes for the people of North Dakota on Tuesday morning in the state capitol in Bismarck. In back from left are Rep. Mark Owens (R-Grand Forks), Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan), Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, Sen. Jessica Unruh (R-Beulah) and Rep. Craig Headland (R-Montpelier). TOM STROMME / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Republicans Blundered By Passing Property Tax Relief Which Never Really Was Tax Relief

There may be no issue in North Dakota that is more persistent, from one political cycle to the next, than angst over property taxes. Now Republicans, who tried to appease that tax by buying down local property taxes with revenue surpluses at the state level, are in a real pickle on the issue. Because they’ve

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State Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, announces his run for governor on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party headquarters in Bismarck, N.D.

Democratic Gov Candidate Marvin Nelson: "This is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases…in history"

While the Republican candidates for governor were engaged in an Obamacare-themed slap fight over the weekend, the Democratic candidate was making a salient point about the state budget. State Rep. Marvin Nelson of Rolla, who is running unchallenged for his party’s nomination, told Jim Olson of KXNews that despite the promises coming from some candidates

Looming Budget Fight Illustrates How Dumb North Dakota's Approach To Property Tax Relief Has Been

Yesterday North Dakota’s Democrats, as they are wont to do in election years, demanded a special session of the legislature to address spending reductions. They apparently think even the modest 4.04 percent spending allotments announced in February by Governor Jack Dalrymple go too far. But what caught my eye was this tweet from  state Senator

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Audio: Gov Candidate Rick Becker Says State Should Take Back Oversight Of Refugee Resettlement

Yesterday while guest hosting for Jay Thomas on WDAY AM970 in Fargo I interviewed NDGOP gubernatorial candidate Rep. Rick Becker. You can listen to the full audio above (I’m sorry my mic is so hot, one day I’ll figure out why it does that on my home system). We talked about property taxes, energy development,

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Legislature Shouldn't Have To Mandate Transparency On Property Tax Hikes

During their 2013 session state lawmakers pass a bill requiring that property owners be notified of impending increases in their property taxes. Their intent was clear. They wanted local governments to be up front and transparent with property owners about what was happening with their tax levels. But as evidence of how much of a problem transparency

Governor Jack Dalrymple Exaggerates Tax Relief By Nearly 70 Percent

Another legislative session has come and gone, and once again Governor Jack Dalrymple is touting tax relief which isn’t really tax relief. Governor Jack Dalrymple “has signed into law an additional $397 million in property tax relief,” his press office sent out last week. But there’s a problem with that number. The bulk of it

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