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North Dakota Governor’s proposal for revenue tax relief is progressing | Authorities and politics

Tax breaks were tabled in the House and Senate of North Dakota on Tuesday, adding more bills outside of the main area of ​​the Legislative’s Special Session.

Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck, called on the House of Representatives to move forward with a bill that reflects Governor Doug Burgum’s proposal for a two-year income tax break of up to $ 500 per resident taxpayer, with $ 207 million off a state budget surplus.

The house approved, 83-7.

“I hope that people will use these funds to maybe save some money, maybe help someone with a donation, maybe buy a needed item for their own household, or just maybe take their family to a good meal,” said Heinert.



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Governor’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki confirmed that the bill is essentially the governor’s proposal.

The bill would unlock a $ 410 million surplus from the 2019-21 fiscal cycle. Majority Republican leaders have expressed reluctance to accept the governor’s proposal, believing permanent tax breaks in the 2023 legislature would be more appropriate.



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Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, said, “I think there are many people who think the same way as the governor. but they are.”

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He continued to advocate permanent tax relief in 2023, saying, “I think it’s too early.”

“Everyone wants to cut taxes. There is no question about that. We are all involved, but we also have to do it strategically,” said Wardner.

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, R-Carrington, said the House meeting added momentum to the bills, “and sometimes you can’t get to a locomotive”.

“But at the same time it is worth the discussion, and we need that,” said Pollert.

By 77 votes to 12, the House of Representatives put forward a bill proposed by MP Larry Bellew, R-Minot, to abolish state income tax on social security benefits.

“That’s a permanent tax break, and yes, it’s only for us old folks, but it’s what Grandma and Grandpa really want,” said Bellew.

Senator David Hogue, R-Minot, also tabled a tax break bill to abolish income tax on social security benefits.



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He introduced the law in the interests of returning money to North Dakota residents, he said. Hogue’s bill was rejected 3-2 by the Delayed Bills Committee on Monday. The bill was passed in the Senate on Tuesday with 35 to 12 votes.

The bills go to the joint technical correction committee of the legislature, which is already working on 13 bills outside the focus of the special session on the redistribution and issue of the coronavirus aid of the federal rescue plan.

(Tribune reporter Sam Nelson contributed to this story.)

You can reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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