North Dakota is one of those low population fly-over states that a lot of the elites do not know much about or even care about for that matter. This is a shame, because if they pay attention to what is happening in North Dakota they might just learn something. The Bismarck Tribune has this Op-Ed piece, 2010: It was a very good year. Here is a list of good things that happened there in 2010.
- Record oil production and solid farm prices gave North Dakotans a step up in 2010.
- Certainly, the rapid growth in oil exploration and production can be seen on the skyline of the eight counties making up the oil patch.
- And it can be seen in the $1 billion surplus in state government revenues.
- The future can be seen in plans for additional oil pipelines and natural gas depots, and in the optimistic discussions about a North Dakota refinery.
- It can be seen in the growing enrollments at Bismarck State College, the University of Mary and United Tribes Technical College, and the prospect of an academic partnership – the Institute of Culture and Public Service.
- Work has begun on a $50 million expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center.
- Work continues on an expansion and renovation of the state prison. There are dual pane window replacement projects being approved to cut initial running costs.
I would also like to add an additional list of some things that are in North Dakota’s favor.
- Of all 50 states North Dakota is ranked first for highway cost effectiveness.
- North Dakota is ranked first for lowest unemployment rate.
- North Dakota is ranked second for lowest crime rate.
- North Dakota is ranked sixth for electric utility costs.
- North Dakota is a right to work state.
Jack Dalrymple is the new Governor who was preceded by the new US Senator for North Dakota, John Hoeven. His tax plan was just approved by the state senate 37-9. The tax bill, which senators approved 37-9, would lower the state’s income tax rate equally across the state’s five income tax categories. It would drop the top rate from 4.86 percent to 4.65 percent and the lowest from 1.84 percent to 1.63 percent.
It would also raise the income minimum for each tax level, with the top bracket taking the biggest jump. A person would have to earn $379,150 in a year to be taxed at the top rate, up from $372,950.
“We’ve had a tax policy that is predictable. It’s been stable and we’ve been consistent. The private sector looks at that as they make their investments,” said Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, the bill’s sponsor and chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee.
What I find very interesting is that the Governor removed from his plan the millions of dollars in corporate income tax cuts that the GOP House proposed. I think the reason the Governor chose to do this is listed above in all of the benefits North Dakota is already offering to a corporation. The problem with including a corporate income tax cut is that it subsidizes many projects that would have come to North Dakota anyway. That is not a good use of taxpayer dollars.
I know someone who lives in that frozen tundra next door, Minnesota, who can attest to the idea of the weather not being too pleasant from October to April, but I never hear concerns from him from May to October of global warming either. From what I have discovered about North Dakota I believe the citizens of Bismarck have a different reaction to the pronouncement from the White House that “change is coming” than the citizens of Baltimore or Washington, DC.
Cross-posted at The Minority Report