North Dakotans deserve a share of the revenue
Published Sunday, August 10, 2008
GRAND FORKS — Responding to Lynn Hellebust’s letter that criticized American’s for Prosperity and its initiated measure that will reduce North Dakota’s personal income tax by 50 percent and corporate income tax by 15 percent, I am having trouble understanding why anyone would oppose a measure that will put more money in the pockets of every taxpayer in North Dakota (“Group has billionaires’ interests at heart,” Page A4, July 29).
Obviously, Hellebust feels that the government knows how to spend our money better than the citizens do. Hellebust also must believe that the state is not taxing its citizens enough. If that is the case, I know for a fact that the state of North Dakota will accept a check that Hellebust would offer to further boost the record revenues that will be collected this biennium.
With gas at $4 a gallon, milk pushing $5 a gallon and everything else costing the citizens of North Dakota much more than in the past, I think the citizens also deserve to benefit from the projected billion- dollar surplus that we will have this biennium. During the last legislative session, state spending increased about 23 percent. The government benefited last session. This session, it is time for the people to benefit. Remember, the 23 percent increase in spending was made possible from tax dollars paid in by the citizens. Don’t you think they deserve some of it back?
Lynn, we will be looking forward to your check. Thank you for continuing to support our fine state.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It's our money give it back.
Here is another person that gets it right. The tax revenue is ours, it beliongs to the people of North Dakota. If your state has a billion dollar surplus that means the state is confiscating too much of our money.