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Video: House Passes Oil Tax Trigger Reform

Video: House Passes Oil Tax Trigger Reform

This morning the House Finance and Taxation Committee heard testimony on HB1476, which would eliminate the looming “big trigger” oil tax exemption and replace it with a flat and permanent 4.5 percent extraction tax. The committee kicked it out with a party-line 10-4 “do pass” recommendation, and the full House got a vote on it


ND Democrats Fighting Oil Tax Reform Should Take A Lesson From Kent Conrad

In the House Finance and Taxation committee today there is heated testimony over a delayed bill to eliminate a tax exemption triggered by low oil prices which could cost the state billions of revenues in the next biennium. Currently a 100 percent exemption to the state’s 6.5 percent extraction tax is on pace to trigger


Minnesota Is Losing Its Young People, And North Dakota Is Gaining Them

For a long time North Dakota had a serious problem with outmigration. Our young people were leaving the state to find opportunity elsewhere, very often in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The result was an aging, shrinking state population. But in recent years that trend has reversed. Not only has North Dakota’s population been one, if not the,


House Kills Amendment Requiring Lawmakers To Live In Their Districts After It Gets Second Life

SCR4010 is a constitutional resolution which would require that state lawmakers actually live in their districts in order to serve in the state assembly. The fate of this legislation seemed to be sealed last month when the House gave it the “death by study” treatment, which is when lawmakers take a bill they don’t like


Rod St. Aubyn: Tests Abound For The North Dakota University System

Higher education has once again found itself in the news with the possible lawsuit by a former NDUS attorney and the student discontent with UND’s President. As I read the stories it became apparent that these recent issues will be a test for many parties that will need to deal with these controversies. Being a


UND President Apologizes After Attacking Students At Meeting

When University of North Dakota Student Body President Tanner Franklin announced a meeting of the student government last week to consider a resolution calling for the resignation of institution President Robert Kelley the reaction from the administration was swift and immediate. Kelley and his supporters showed up at the Thursday meeting in force to attack