All right, folks, this North Dakota business. I want to tie that to Scott Walker. After Scott Walker successfully turned back the recall, we have Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mitch Daniels of Indiana and a number of other governors saying, “Hey, look at this! We need to take some lessons here from Scott Walker. You other Republican governors, Mitt Romney, you got some things to learn here.” True! All true. But why is what’s going on in North Dakota not also being touted as something to learn from? You know, in this story — and I zoomed through it pretty quickly.
In this story where the residents tomorrow are gonna vote (according to polls) to turn down the chance to get rid of their property taxes, did you hear me say that sales tax revenue is up 83% or 86%? The story is all about how North Dakota is flush with money. Now, granted, they’ve discovered a bunch of oil. There’s a boom there, and there’s fracking going on. But so what? Why is that not a lesson for any other state? Why are we not being told that that should be emulated?
In the old pre-Obama America, people would be making a beeline for North Dakota to figure out how to do that in their state. This governor up there, Dalrymple, would be guest number one at Republican governors’ meetings describing how it’s done. How do you…? In other words, if you can raise sales tax revenue 86%, you have solved a lot of state fiscal problems. And they did it, of course, without raising the sales tax rate. There’s just all kinds of new economic activity going on.