BISMARCK — This is in response to the announcement by House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, that the GOP majority in the Legislature intends to go forward with a delayed bill that would permanently reduce the oil extraction tax by 30 percent. If enacted, the Republican majority’s resurrected plan to dramatically and permanently reduce the oil extraction tax would represent a misuse of the legislative process and result in a breach of trust with future generations of North Dakotans. Carlson’s proposal — advanced on day 70 of an 80-day legislative session, with no public
North Dakota’s 64th Legislative Assembly is finishing crossover, a legislative halftime of sorts that marks the midpoint of our state’s 80-day session. Far from a game of Democrats versus Republicans, legislators of both parties are on the same team. Our shared goal should be to run up the score against North Dakota’s challenges and take advantage of our state’s unlimited opportunity. But as we enter the second half, we think the team can benefit from a chalk talk about what has worked and how we can improve. Take the issue of oil impacts in western North Dakota.
This year, North Dakotans will celebrate our state’s 125th anniversary. Throughout our history, we have shown time and time again that economic development and good stewardship are not mutually exclusive. The North Dakota Industrial Commission — made up of the governor, the attorney general, and the agriculture commissioner — was created based on this tradition.