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

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

Podcast: Tax Commissioner Says Enforcing State Sales Tax on Online Shopping Could Be Challenging

On my radio show today Republican Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office has spent “hundreds of hours getting ready” to apply the state sales tax to out-of-state online retailers should the Supreme Court rule that sort of policy legal. Earlier this week SCOTUS did just that, but Rauschenberger admits that enforcing the law may

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley speaks with reporters after arguing in April in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 5-4 in South Dakota's favor, meaning more state tax revenue for South Dakota, North Dakota and other states. (Courtesy photo)

We Should Be Worried About What the Supreme Court’s Online Sales Tax Decision Does to the Interstate Commerce Clause

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down their precedent in Quill vs. North Dakota and ruled that it was legal for states to apply their sales tax to companies without a physical presence in their borders. In the Quill case, which had to do with a mail order business, the courts held that states

Former Secretary of State candidate Will Gardner

Will Gardner’s Campaign Implosion Is Will Gardner’s Fault

When Will Gardner defeated long-time Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger at the NDGOP’s convention earlier this year some factions of the party hailed it as a great victory over “the establishment.” I’m not sure that was really the case. Rather, I think it was rank-and-file North Dakota Republicans deciding that Jaeger had worn out

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

In Defense of North Dakota’s Income Tax Cuts

North Dakota Democrats have decided to campaign against the income tax cuts our Republican-dominated Legislature implemented in successive sessions from 2009 onward. The individual income tax rate went from a 1.84 – 4.86 percent range to its current 1.10 – 2.90 percent. The argument from Democrats, now echoed in a recent editorial in the Grand

Podcast: Tax Commissioner Defends Income Tax Cuts, Lawmaker Says Governor’s Office Audit Is a “Witch Hunt”

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was on the radio show today and responded to a Grand Forks Herald editorial suggesting the state had gone too far in cutting income taxes. The editorial suggested that successive cuts to income tax rates starting during the 2009 session have narrowed the state’s tax base making us more dependent on

Kylie Oversen, a former state legislator from Grand Forks and chairwoman of the state Democratic-NPL, announced her bid for tax commissioner at UND. Sam Easter / Forum News Service

North Dakota Democrats Only Hate Out of State Political Contributions When They’re Made to Republicans

I have been consistently critical of Senator Heidi Heitkamp for collecting well over 90 percent of her itemized, individual contributions from out of state. I mean, the Senator reported in her year-end report to the FEC for 2017 that she received three times more contributions from New Yorkers than she did from North Dakotans. According

Podcast: Almost Everybody in North Dakota Is Breaking This Tax Law

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was on air with me today to discuss the Supreme Court fight over applying state taxes to online sales (I wrote about it earlier today), and to correct an unfortunate misrepresentation of his position perpetrated by his Democratic challenger Kylie Oversen, and he revealed something pretty interesting. If you buy something

Kylie Oversen, a former state legislator from Grand Forks and chairwoman of the state Democratic-NPL, announced her bid for tax commissioner last month at UND. Sam Easter/Grand Forks Herald.

Democratic Tax Commissioner Candidate Misrepresents Incumbent’s Online Sales Tax Position

Yesterday Kylie Oversen, the North Dakota Democratic Party’s candidate for Tax Commissioner, posted a press release urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Quill vs. North Dakota precedent which limits states to applying the sales tax only to entities with a physical presence within their borders. Quill was actually litigated by then-Tax Commissioner Heidi

After Disastrous 2016 Election Cycle ND Democratic Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Stepping Down to Run for Tax Commissioner

It’s pretty unusual in state politics that the leaders of both of the state’s major political parties are stepping down from those positions to take a run at statewide elected office. First it was NDGOP chair (and state Senator) Kelly Armstrong announcing that he’ll be running for the U.S. House. He’ll be making that announcement

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