Democrat Legislator: Call It Property Tax Reform, Not Property Tax Relief

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I guest hosted the Scott Hennen Show today, and had as one of my guests Democrat Assistant House Minority Leader Corey Mock. We talked about how the Democrats in the legislature feel about Dalrymple’s State of the State address, as well as some of their priorities for the session, but the most interesting part of our discussion came near the end when we were talking about Dalrymple’s property tax plan (which Mock says the Democrats largely support).

I asked Mock how a shift in school spending from the local level to the state level is tax relief, given that lots of North Dakotans pay both local and state taxes. We aren’t eliminating the spending. We’re just using different tax dollars to pay for it.

Mock and I couldn’t see eye-to-eye on it during the interview, but what was interesting is that after the interview Mock said he was thinking about our discussion, and he agrees that we really shouldn’t be calling it property tax relief. “Our proposal to lower property tax obligations by increasing the state share of K-12 funding is best described as education and property tax reform,” Mock said in an email to me.

Finally, the truth. We aren’t lowering the burden of government to taxpayers by shifting education funding around. We’re just changing the way we pay for schools, in a way that’s quite contrary to the “Keep It Local ND” argument that convinced voters to vote down a measure abolishing property taxes in June of last year. After all, moving most school funding to the state level isn’t exactly keeping it local.

Here’s the interview.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • WOOF

    A tax by any name smells sweeter when someone else pays it.

    • guest

      You’re referring to hanni the tax cheat, right?

  • Roy_Bean

    I expect democrats to favor socialist redistribution but I can’t understand how our Republican governor and legislators are going along with it.

    • sbark

      it comes naturally to any govt……access to money—-spend money. Its like a Clinton or a Kennedy with a female in the room—-it just happens.

  • Rip

    Because M2 would have, you know, shifted the local financial burden to the state, but that’s somehow different. Fuzzy logic.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Hey, I’m going by what the voters decided. They voted for keeping it local. We measure 2 supporters lost that debate. So why aren’t we keeping it local?

  • Kevin Flanagan

    My property taxes only went down $52. What kind of joke is that?

    • sbark

      mines virtually doubled inside past 2 years………

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Mine went up 18%.

  • sbark

    Notice how even the state level Dem’cats are learning to control the language. Twist it to what they think we like to hear.
    Reform property tax……..its sure sounds like something I should actually like…….it must then be good for me huh?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I think the point is that the plan isn’t tax relief.

      • sbark

        No doubt, but as with the term “fairness doctrine” on the Federal Level what they change the name of something to, has no bearing on what is going on.
        But notice it always has a nice gental tone to it……with a sinister intention behind it.

  • Hal109

    Why are you giving moron Mock any exposure?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      He’s a leader in the legislature, and while I disagree with him on a lot, he’s far from a moron.

      • Hal109

        I don’t remember him ever holding a legitimate job.

        What we don’t need is another career politician with no real world experience. The fact that he is the Assistant House Minority Leader is an indication of how low the ND Democratic party has become.

    • kevindf

      Mock is a two-bit political patronage mercenary; ND government is full of them!

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