Democrats criticize oil extraction tax reform

Industry leaders have urged lawmakers to lower the tax in order for the state to stay competitive in oil development.

Mock refutes that.

<<(Rep. Corey Mock / (D) Grand Forks) "The fact of the matter is in the last six years under our current tax structure North Dakota went from being the 9th largest oil producing state to the second top producer. Again, all under this tax structure. So to say that our tax structure is unfriendly to oil development is untrue. We got to make sure the resources we are getting from our oil and natural gas are being put to work for the people of our state.">>

Democrats say Senate Bill 2336 will mean a loss of $600 million in the first five years.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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