Taylor outlines property tax plan 06/18/2012
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor shared his plan for statewide property tax relief on Monday in Bismarck. Taylor outlined his plan at the Bismarck Public Library at a Monday afternoon press conference. Taylor said property taxes have been a hot issue in recent months prior to last week’s no vote on Measure 2, which would’ve abolished them in the state. Taylor said despite voters saying no to the measure, a comprehensive solution to the state’s property taxes is overdue.
The tax North Dakota homeowners love to loathe is about to get another whack. North Dakota voters spurned a chance last week to abolish the property tax in the primary, but the state Capitol is brimming with ideas to provide more tax relief and better fairness.
State Senator Ryan Taylor, Candidate for Governor, announced today his plan for meaningful property tax relief for North Dakota residents. “I think that no matter what side of the aisle you fall on or what your political beliefs are, we can all agree that property taxes in North Dakota are burdensomely high for our state’s residents. The issue of paying a property tax that can increase while your income might decrease is hard for a lot of our citizens to stomach,” Senator Taylor stated during a press conference today in Fargo.
The Taylor for North Dakota campaign announced today that it raised $258,437.25 during the pre-primary reporting period from January 1st through May 23rd, 2012. This brings the campaign to a total of $303,717.71 raised since Senator Taylor announced his intent to run for governor in December.
VFW Hosting Annual Memorial Day Program 05/23/2012
The West Fargo VFW Post 7564 and the Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Memorial Day program dedicated to all deceased veterans on Monday, May 28, at 308 Sheyenne St. Mark Paler, commander for AMVETS Post 8 will serve as master of ceremonies for the event which will open with a flag raising ceremony conducted by the West Fargo High School JROTC at 10:30 a.m. in memory of Kenneth Rieniets, a Korean Army veteran, who is the late husband of present Auxiliary President Agnes Rieniets. This will be followed by a special wreath placing ceremony by Glen Maurer; placing of a red rose by Agnes Rieniets as a tribute to mothers who lost sons or daughters in service; and an address at 11 a.m. by guest speaker Ryan Taylor.
It is dueling campaign styles as the first ads hit the North Dakota governor's race, with the Republican incumbent touting his record and the Democratic challenger launching his ad as he critically noted a visit by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in support of his opponent. State Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor (D-Towner) and Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) both launched commercials this week, with Dalrymple's 60-second spot highlighting his dozen years in statewide office and Taylor's 30-second spot showcasing his rural roots.
Ryan Taylor Releases First Campaign Ad 05/22/2012
Today, the Taylor for North Dakota campaign releases its first television ad, entitled “Crossroads”. In the wake of Governor Jack Dalrymple’s $8,000-a-table fundraiser with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, “Crossroads” features candidate Ryan Taylor pledging to travel the state listening to North Dakotans. Taylor acknowledges the blessings and burdens placed on North Dakota by our God-given oil resources and will work to ensure our special quality of life is upheld responsibly.
North Dakota's Democrat challenger in the race for governor took a break from campaigning to compete in a real road race last weekend. Governor candidate Ryan Taylor ran in the Fargo marathon Saturday. He finished the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 40 minutes and 22 seconds, ranking him 370th among the 1,825 finishers.
Governor Candidate Ryan Taylor on Oil-Impacted Communities: The needs are great and are not being met 05/21/2012
Local governments in North Dakota’s western oil-producing region should keep a much larger share of the state’s oil tax collections, Democratic candidate for governor Ryan Taylor said Monday. Western counties, cities and schools are only assured about 8 percent of oil revenues, and their share should be closer to 40 percent, Taylor said at a news conference in Bismarck. North Dakota recently passed Alaska to become the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state, trailing only Texas. In February, the state accounted for 9.1 percent of the nation’s oil output, an increase from 2.3 percent five years before, according to the U.S. Energy Department.
North Dakota's Democratic candidate for governor says he'd like at least seven debates with the Republican incumbent this fall. Democratic state Sen. Ryan Taylor is running against Republican Jack Dalrymple. It is Dalrymple's first race for governor after he served as lieutenant governor for a decade. Dalrymple has served since December 2010.
Eye on Health: Reason to Run 05/20/2012
The Democratic candidate for governor has many reasons to run. He's running for office. But more importantly he runs for his health, and to set a good example for his children. Ryan Taylor ran the Fargo Marathon this weekend and finished with a time of three hours, 40 minutes and 22 seconds, finishing 47th of 163 runners in his division. Carla Burbidge has this week's Eye on Health.
ND's No. 2 ranking surprises Oil Patch 05/16/2012
“Obviously, with this oil resource, we have been blessed with in North Dakota, no credit belongs to anyone in elected office as we know we are going to see this increase,” said state Sen. Ryan Taylor, a Democrat gubernatorial candidate. “The bigger story to keep in our minds as we develop this resource is the impact on the communities of this production.”
Prairie Public Television's John Harris interviewed Sen. Ryan Taylor, Candidate for Governor, on issues surrounding the upcoming gubernatorial race.
An independent research group, Headwaters Economics, released a study last week showing that North Dakota is “unprepared” for the effects of rapid development in the Bakken. “With the considerable, even enviable, resources at our fingertips in North Dakota, it is shameful that our communities cannot count on our state government and its leadership to keep them protected and prosperous for years to come,” said Ryan Taylor, candidate for Governor. “Under Governor Dalrymple, North Dakota is unable to responsibly develop the Bakken in a way that preserves our quality of life and cares for our neighbors in the west.”
Ryan Taylor to Run Fargo Marathon 04/26/2012
Today, Ryan Taylor, Democratic-NPL candidate for governor, announced that he is running the Fargo Full Marathon on Saturday, May 19, in Fargo, ND. The campaign also announced the launch of “Running with Ryan,” an effort to engage supporters and raise contributions through sponsoring each step he takes in the race. “I look forward to joining hundreds of fellow North Dakotans and thousands of other runners in taking on the Fargo Marathon,” said Taylor. “Some people think you run a marathon by yourself, but much like a campaign, you actually need the support of the people around you to get you through the finish line.”
Today, Governor Jack Dalrymple released his budgetary guidelines to the state agency heads for the 2013-15 biennium. Ryan Taylor, Democratic-NPL gubernatorial candidate, released the following statement:
Ryan Taylor Pledges Full Transparency; Calls on Governor to Speak Up for Higher Standards 03/20/2012
In the wake of North Dakota’s failing grade for government transparency, Democratic-NPL Gubernatorial Candidate Ryan Taylor called on Governor Dalrymple to increase transparency in North Dakota government.
Measure 2 Debate Continues 03/19/2012
In about three months, North Dakota voters will go to the polls. One of the things they will decide is if property taxes should be abolished. Those passionate about Measure 2 have different opinions on what would happen come June 13 if voters decide to abolish property taxes in our state. Proponents say it will allow property owners to be heard and allow discussion to begin. But opponents say it will do just the opposite.
It’s political convention season, so I thought it would be a good time to visit with each of the candidates for governor to get their thoughts on some of the state’s biggest issues. This column will focus on Democratic candidate Ryan Taylor. Republican Paul Sorum will be featured next Monday, and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple will be the following Monday. Here are Taylor’s answers to the questions:
On Friday, March 16, at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention, State Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor accepted his party’s nomination as candidate for Governor of North Dakota. He was nominated by former First Lady Grace Link and seconded by his colleague in the State Senate, Mac Schneider. His acceptance speech and the press that followed are provided below.
On Friday, March 16, 2012, Ryan and Ellen joined Joel Heitkamp on "News & Views" to talk issues and take questions from callers.
ND Gubernatorial Candidate Ryan Taylor Joins Ellen Chaffee, Former President of VCSU, in Announcing Lieutenant Governor Candidacy 03/14/2012
Today Ryan Taylor’s campaign for Governor of North Dakota announced Dr. Ellen Chaffee as their pick for Lieutenant Governor. She will run alongside current Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor on the North Dakota Democratic-NPL ticket for the Governor’s office in November. Dr. Chaffee is the former President of Valley City State University and Mayville State University.
North Dakota Democrats will announce a candidate for lieutenant governor Wednesday in Fargo. Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor of Towner, who is seeking the Democratic endorsement for governor, said the announcement will be made at 11 a.m. CT at The Depot, 701 Main Ave.
Democratic-NPL candidate Ryan Taylor visits with "News and Views" host Joel Heitkamp about the upcoming governor's race and current issues facing North Dakota including problems at Dickinson State University and within the Board of Higher Education, oil development in the west, and flood protection in the Red River Valley and Devils Lake flooding.
Race for Governor: How Can Dalrymple Be Beat 02/27/2012
Ryan Taylor, candidate for governor, is in KVLY's "Hot Box" to discuss the differences between the current administration and how he would sit in the governor's seat.
Ryan Taylor, Senate Minority Leader and Candidate for Governor, returned to Grand Forks today after holding his first press conference outlining his run for Governor in Grand Forks on Wednesday, February 15th, to not only run for Governor, but to ski and bike as well.
JCTV 16 News Special Report with Ryan Taylor 02/17/2012
Today, North Dakota State Senator Ryan Taylor, who is the Democratic-NPL candidate for governor in the 2012 elections, visited with news anchor J.T. Petsch for a live, in-studio interview. Senator Taylor spoke with Mr. Petsch on a wide variety of issues, including addressing the state's economy, the "oil patch," and more.
North Dakota Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor continued his campaign with a stop at the Jamestown College Student Media Center for the Democratic-Non Partisan League nomination for state governor. "I'm not running because I love politics," Taylor said. "I'm running because I love North Dakota. The road I want to be on is to run as the people's governor of North Dakota, where everyone has a voice and everyone matters."
On Wednesday, February 15th, I embarked on a statewide tour with stops in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, and Towner, ND, introducing myself, my family - wife, Nikki; children: Marshall (Bud), 7; Olav (Ole), 5; and Sylvia, 3 - and my ideas on the future of North Dakota if I were elected to serve as the People's Governor.
North Dakota Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor, D-Towner, will hold a four-city statewide tour across North Dakota on Wednesday to introduce his candidacy for governor. Taylor, who has represented District 7 in the Senate since 2002, announced his gubernatorial campaign Dec. 12. Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Paul Sorum both are seeking the GOP endorsement for the office. Taylor will speak at the UND Memorial Union River Valley Room in Grand Forks at 8:30 a.m. He also will visit Fargo, Bismarck and Towner on Wednesday.
Democrats Organize, Seek Candidates 02/11/2012
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ryan Taylor told the crowd North Dakotans have two choices as to what path they want to see the state travel down. Taylor said the first is that of the current administration: providing tax relief and increased government access to corporate interests and the wealthy while consolidating power in the hands of fewer people.
Getting More Women Involved in Politics 02/03/2012
Politics can be a man`s world. But some say behind every good man is a good woman. Some groups are working to help those women step into bigger roles. Today, the North Dakota Women`s Network held an event called Ready to Run, a project to help women who may be interested in running for political office at any level. They also talked about encouraging women to take up jobs behind the scenes. That`s what Erin Hill-Oban does. She`s not the face of the campaign, but as Campaign Coordinator for Ryan Taylor, she is in charge of getting that face out in front of voters.
Taylor Releases Year-End Report 02/01/2012
Ryan Taylor, Senate Minority Leader and candidate for governor, has filed his 2011 year-end contribution report with the Secretary of State’s office, reporting over $46,000 following the December 12, 2011, announcement of his candidacy. Taylor reports a total of 220 distinct donors, only 5 of which came from out-of-state. His report comes on the heels of Jack Dalrymple’s reported $824,000 campaign coffer, a number that neither surprises nor intimidates Taylor on his run.
North Dakotans are strong people, not often prone to uttering discouraging words, but one can tell when that strength is tested. Last week, as a member of the interim energy development committee, I heard phrases like ‘we are in crisis,’ ‘we need help,’ ‘our quality of life is gone,’ and ‘I am heartbroken’ from sincere, reasonable leaders of Mountrail, Williams, McKenzie and Dunn Counties – where oil drilling and development has been fast and furious. These folks are not anti-oil. They know firsthand what development has done for our economy, but they are not blind to the challenges of living in the Wild West that has been created. The support the state has provided is appreciated, but it’s been too little and too late.
ND Senate Minority Leader and governor candidate Ryan Taylor released the following statement on how the President’s decision on the Keystone Pipeline impacts North Dakota: "The Keystone XL pipeline provided the potential for an on-ramp of up to 100,000 barrels of Bakken crude. As it is now, transporting that oil out of western ND is taking a massive toll on the infrastructure and way of life for those living in that area of our state. This pipeline could have reduced truck traffic, congestion, and improved public safety on our roads. We lumbered into this oil boom without proper state planning. In ND, we should be innovating ways we can do better for ourselves rather than waiting on the federal government. We should be incentivizing and building additional refinery capacity in North Dakota to add value to our Bakken crude right here at home.”
ND's Future Leaders Take Over Capitol 01/16/2012
North Dakota middle and high school 4-H members took over the capitol Monday to experience the state`s legislative process. Sixty students from 14 counties attended the annual Citizenship in Action program.
“Here’s a math question you won’t find on the ACT,” says a website. “When does GPA + ACT x 307 $$$?” The answer is in Wyoming, home of the 307 area code, says the website, www.hathwayscholarships.com. Using minerals fund money, Wyoming sponsors the Hathaway Scholarships, which gives eligible students up to $3,200 a year to attend college in the state. Should North Dakota do the same?
A candidate for North Dakota governor says he will hold the line on college tuition to make it affordable to everyone. Democrat, Ryan Taylor, knows the importance of education. The NDSU graduate has three children. Taylor wants to ensure they have a good future and have the same opportunities he had growing up in North Dakota. Taylor says, “we would try to hold college tuition to zero because I think every family wants to have a child be able to go to trade school or college and be able to afford it, and I think that's starting to slip away from us when UND students in one of the reports had one of the highest student loan debts in the country.”
Ryan Taylor Announces Candidacy for Governor 12/12/2011
Today, State Senator Ryan Taylor officially announced his candidacy for Governor of North Dakota. Taylor is running for Governor to pilot the state through a time of incredible opportunities and very real challenges. “Our state is changing more than it has in any of our lifetimes. North Dakota now needs a leader who will address the needs of all our citizens while investing in a future that gives our children and grandchildren a chance for a better life. “We want everyone to know that we are in this race and launching a campaign where everyone's voice will be heard and respected," says Taylor. Following the holiday season, Taylor plans to embark on a multi-city tour of the state. "There will be plenty of time to talk politics and policies after the Christmas season. Like many North Dakotans, my family and I will be spending this time focusing on friends and family, worship and contemplation, and giving thanks for all that gives meaning and direction to our lives," Taylor said. “As we move forward, we'll have much to discuss in this time of transformation and opportunity for North Dakota, and we will not gloss over the challenges that face our state and its communities. But, for today, I officially throw my hat in the ring and wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.” Ryan Taylor is presently serving his third term as state Senator of District 7, writes the syndicated column “Cowboy Logic”, and manages his fourth-generation family ranch near Towner, ND. He and his wife, Nikki, have three young children: Marshall, 7; Olav, 5; and Sylvia, 3.
N.D. Senate approves disaster relief bill 11/11/2011
The North Dakota Senate has unanimously passed a disaster relief bill that addresses flood relief and assistance for parts of the state dealing with rapid development from oil and gas production. Senate Bill 2371 now goes to the House for a vote this morning. Today is expected to be the final day of the North Dakota Legislature's special session. The Senate spent little time discussing the comprehensive relief bill on Thursday before voting. SB2371 would spend nearly $158.9 million from the general fund and $215.5 million from other state funds, and authorize the spending of a potential $235 million in federal funds.
Here is the transcript of a conversation between Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor and Great Plains Examiner Publisher Matt Bunk that took place on Taylor’s ranch Oct. 22. Parts of the interview were conducted in Taylor’s truck while driving across his 2,900-acre ranch southeast of Towner. Other portions were recorded while Taylor was taking care of the cattle that were still out to pasture.
Ten years ago, Ryan Taylor thought he had everything he wanted in life. At 31 years old, he had two college degrees, a ranch in North Dakota and a high-paying job with a large pharmaceutical company. But one day that autumn while he was training to run the New York City Marathon, he realized that everything had changed. “After 9-11, I just thought to myself, ‘What am I doing?’” Taylor said. “I lost two friends in the Trade Towers, and that obviously shakes you to the core. I started thinking, the good job, the expense account and the company vehicle – well, there’s probably more to life than that.” Shortly after completing the marathon in a city still dazed by disaster, Taylor decided to run for a seat in the North Dakota Senate. He surprised many of his neighbors in 2002 by defeating Ken Solberg, a Republican who had represented the rural, north-central district for decades.
GOP leader wants quick, limited session 11/05/2011
Sen. Ryan Taylor, D-Towner, said he has heard few details of the disaster bill being brought up by Republicans. Democrats have proposed that the state cover the 3 percent local share under FEMA grants, cover 75 percent of the costs of home and property acquisitions along rivers and use the Bank of North Dakota to assist homeowners. The Senate minority leader believes members of the two parties will agree on many issues related to flood and disaster recovery. Democrats also want to put an additional $50 million into an oil impact fund. The $100 million fund had $142 million in first-round applications, with only $53.5 million awarded so far, Taylor said. He said the money would help communities deal with infrastructure and public safety issues related to the fast-paced growth of development. "I believe we can afford it," he said.
Let’s ensure this boom is 'Lasting Harvest' 11/02/2011
I believe this special session is an opportune time to do two things regarding energy development impacts. First, I believe we should immediately add $50 million to the Oil and Gas Impact Fund to help the counties and communities impacted by oil development. Second, the state should create a 'Lasting Harvest' commission to address the long term needs of energy-impact areas.
Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor released a statement saying he’s considering running for governor. The state senator from Towner has previously acknowledged that he’s thinking about the race, but Friday’s statement gives the potential bid a more serious tone. “It’s not an announcement, but I want to let folks know we’re interested, get the chips on the table,” he said in an interview.
Prairie Pulse 829: Senator Ryan Taylor discusses current proceedings & issues of the 2012 ND Legislative Session with host John Harris.
For four months every two years lawmakers head to the capital city for the legislative session. While some lawmakers are retired empty-nesters, others have little ones at home they have to leave behind to do their important work at the Capitol. But one family has worked out a plan to stay together while dad serves in the Senate.
North Dakota Legislative Review 1202: Senator Ryan Taylor of Towner, Senate Minority leader, discusses oil revenue and infrastructure needs, upcoming differences between Democrats and Republicans, and also the impact of the retirement of Senator Conrad with host Dave Thompson.
Today, at the North Dakota Democratic-NPL State Convention, State Senate Minority Leader Ryan Taylor accepted his party’s nomination as candidate for Governor of North Dakota. In his acceptance speech, Taylor pushed for significant advancements in education, energy, and public services. He promised to make North Dakota work for all its people, not just the well-connected and politically powerful.