ND Senate says no to sales tax exemption for clothing

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate has rejected a measure aimed at exempting clothing and shoes from sales tax.

The Senate voted 33-14 Tuesday to kill the bill.

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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  • Lianne

    One small victory! If one can afford to go to the Mall of America to shop for clothes, they can afford sales tax here.

    • The Fighting Czech

      If one can afford to shop at the Mall of America, (where, by the way clothing ISNT taxed,) WHY would I come to North Dakota to shop? in fact why would ANYONE in Minnesota shop for clothes in North Dakota, In fact why would any North Dakotan especially on the East end of the state shop for clothes in North Dakota?

      • Game

        Yes, anybody who has ever went shopping in Fargo or Grand Forks knows well, nobody from MN ever shops in ND.

      • Lianne

        anecdotal story from J. Lee said she had stopped in the mall in Moorehead at Christmas time. It was empty. She went to the mall in Fargo and couldn’t find a place to park. I doubt sales tax dictates where one shops. Same goes for the western border. Now, Canadians come to ND and shop for clothing. Not only are they cheaper, but Lee also reported they launder their clothes before they return so they are considered used.