April 8th, 2019

 ICYMI: Erin Oban on Prairie Public’s Legislative Review with Dave Thompson
(BISMARCK, ND) – Erin Oban (D-Bismarck) was on Prairie Public’s Legislative Review with Dave Thompson on Friday, where they covered an array of topics from raises for state employees to establishing the state ethics commission.

The first topic covered was whether to expand the Board of Higher Education from 8 members to 15, after the measure to create two boards separate boards failed. Oban supports the new initiative. She says on a larger board the members would be able to spread out the work. It allows them to work in committees, and give more attention to specific initiatives. As a former school teacher, she knows the path for North Dakota to succeed is retaining talented teachers to educate the next generation, and they are in need of more resources in order to accomplish that.Republicans are trying to sneak the soundly rejected income tax repeal in the closing weeks, but Oban states she is not going to support the income tax repeal “in any way, shape, or form.” The three-legged tax stool includes “property, sales, and income” remove the income tax, and your stool is no longer steady. this will cause a dramatic increase in the other taxes, likely property taxes which have been rising for years.
You can watch the entire interview here.