Trygve Olson cartoon: North Dakota's grim reapers
Cartoonist Trygve Olson comments on recent proposals to cut taxes in North Dakota.
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North Dakota officials propose flat income tax rate, eliminating individual income taxes for most taxpayers
The plan would adopt a flat state individual tax rate of 1.5% that would effectively eliminate income taxes for almost 60% of taxpayers.
Sen. Tracy Potter, D-Bismarck, said his plan addresses taxpayers' major complaint, the burden of the property tax. Individual state income taxes are of minor concern to most taxpapyers, he said.
The mantra may be good politics — the usual partisan drones will pick it up and repeat it without bothering to examine or think about the proposal itself — but it's not honest.
Plain Talk: What do you think of this proposal exempting most North Dakota households from income taxes?
Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus, and state Rep. Craig Headland, join this episode of Plain Talk to make their case for the plan.