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A customer enters a shop at Fulton Mall in New York on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. As the official start of the holiday shopping season begins, retailers and analysts say Black Friday 2018 appears to be off to a strong start. (David Dee Delgado/The New York Times)

Isn’t This a $20 Million to $50 Million Tax Hike?

Isn’t This a $20 Million to $50 Million Tax Hike?

“North Dakota collected $750,000 more in new online sales taxes since late June, when the Supreme Court ruled states could require online retailers to collect and remit their sales taxes,” my colleague Helmut Schmidt reported over the holiday break. His article casts this number in a positive light. Certainly the people quotes are happy about

North Dakota Voters Are Very Forgiving of Politicians Who Struggle With Alcohol

Here’s a wild story out of Walsh County (a rural community north of Grand Forks). Shortly before election day, on November 2nd, Walsh County Commissioner Ernest George Barta was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. The details: The Record reports that officers had been on the lookout for a vehicle that

Oversen Rips Opponent for DUI Then Sends Out Mailer Promoting Fellow Democrat With Multiple Alcohol Convictions

Kylie Oversen, candidate for Tax Commission and erstwhile chair of the North Dakota Democratic Party, has made a lot of hay on the campaign trail over her opponent’s struggles with alcohol. She’s run two ads attacking incumbent Republican Ryan Rauschenberger’s arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol last year. Here’s the first one, which

Former North Dakota district court judge and attorney general Bob Wefald is leading the campaign against recreational marijuana and addressed the media in Fargo on Thursday, Sept. 6. Barry Amundson / Forum News Service

When Measure 3 Opponents Say Legal Marijuana Won’t Produce Tax Revenues They’re Wrong

One of the blizzard of talking points opponents of Measure 3 (legalizing recreational marijuana) have deployed is the claim that it would not generate additional tax revenues for the state. It’s a rebuttal to the claim from marijuana supporters that legalizing the drug would be an economic boon, bringing black market commerce into the light

Kylie Oversen, Democratic candidate for tax commissioner

Podcast: Democrat Tax Commissioner Candidate Kylie Oversen Talks Campaign Ad Targeting Opponent’s DUI Arrest

Kylie Oversen, Democratic candidate for Tax Commissioner, joined me on the radio to talk about her campaign as well as in which she uses video of her opponent, incumbent Republican Ryan Rauschenberger, getting arrested for DUI last year. Oversen told me her ad was inspired by my own criticism for Rauschenberger. She also disputed claims

Video still from the video of Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's arrest.

Democratic Tax Commissioner Candidate Uses Video From Incumbent’s DUI Arrest in Campaign Ad

From the “what have you got to lose” department, long-shot Tax Commissioner candidate (and erstwhile chair of the North Dakota Democratic Party) Kylie Oversen has a new video ad out in which she uses video of incumbent Republican Ryan Rauschenberger’s DUI arrest to accuse him of lying. Oversen, who lost her legislative seat in the

Podcast: That Anonymous New York Times Op/Ed

I spent a lot of time talking about that controversial and anonymous op/ed in the New York Times on the radio show today. Give it a listen below. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger also joined me, chatting about the state’s efforts to implement the sales tax to online purchases in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling

Podcast: NDFB President Daryl Lies, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger

On the radio show today, North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies joined me to talk about what farmers are facing amid the trade wars. Lies says his group’s membership is willing to weather some hardships in the short term if President Trump can get better trade deals going forward. Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger also

North Dakotans Projected to Receive $34 Million in Bonus Tax Relief Thanks to the Trump Tax Cuts

“Tax reform projected to decrease North Dakota revenue,” reads a headline from Bismarck Tribune reporter Amy Dalrymple. That’s one way to look at it, I suppose. Of course, from the perspective of the taxpayer, it means more money in our pockets. Not only are North Dakotans benefiting more from the Trump tax cuts (the ones

North Dakota Sales Tax Revenues up Nearly 10 Percent in 2018’s First Quarter, but the Increases Were Mostly in Oil Country

With lawmakers probably looking at more budget belt tightening in their 2019 session which begins in January news of increased tax revenues is very welcome. That’s exactly the news we got today from Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger’s office. “Taxable sales and purchases for January, February and March 2018 were nearly $4.1 billion, a 9.55 percent

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