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LaFaive And Nesbit: Raising ND Tobacco Tax Could Lead To Rampant Smuggling

LaFaive And Nesbit: Raising ND Tobacco Tax Could Lead To Rampant Smuggling

Michael LaFaive is director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Todd Nesbit, Ph.D., is senior lecturer in economics at Ohio State University. Two proposals to hike the state excise tax on cigarettes in Bismarck between $1.10 and $1.56 may very well yield the state more revenue, but it will

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Will Raising North Dakota’s Tobacco Tax Decrease Use, Or Increase Smuggling?

“North Dakota needs to do everything it can to prevent more people from smoking and to encourage smokers to quit,” opines the Bismarck Tribune in an editorial today which is generally supportive of legislation to increase the state’s tobacco taxes. One might quibble with the idea that government ought to be using the tax code to manipulate people

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Here’s The Ugly Truth For North Dakota About Oil Prices: Nobody Really Knows

“It’s a big, black cloud hanging over the session,” Senator Dwight Cook, a Republican from Mandan and chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, said of oil prices recently as North Dakota’s 2015 legislative session begins. He’s not kidding. State policymakers are staring down the barrel of not one but two oil tax triggers

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North Dakota’s Tax Revenues Did Not Actually Decline 46 Percent In The Third Quarter

Yesterday evening I wrote about a report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government, picked up by Reuters, which described North Dakota’s tax revenues as declining 46.7 percent in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year. I was skeptical because the state’s monthly reports concerning general fund revenues have shown steady growth. The

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North Dakota’s Income Tax Collections Soar Even As Rates Are Cut Nearly In Half

During his budget address to the Legislature last week Governor Jack Dalrymlpe, by way of trying to bolster a measly proposal for just $125 million in personal/corporate income tax relief, pointed out that if lawmaker institute his proposed cuts the income tax rates will be nearly 50 percent lower than before 2009. Collective, that’s not

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State Taking Over Social Services? That’s Not Tax Relief

During his budget address earlier this week Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed a state take over of local social service spending. This isn’t a new idea. The Legislature actually authorized the counties taking over social services back in the 1980’s when the state was broke. Last session the state House defeated the bill –  HB1233 – on

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