North Dakota is at a crossroads. Transformational changes are reshaping North Dakota and impacting every aspect of life for North Dakotans.
Ryan believes that now is the time for bold leadership that will build the kind of North Dakota that many have dreamed of. Ryan believes that now is the moment for us shape a future that goes beyond the next four years and extends twenty and fifty years into the future.
Commonsense Property Tax Relief
Oil development in western North Dakota has brought unprecedented prosperity to the state, but the rapid growth that has accompanied the oil boom has had a number of negative externalities. One such consequence of the oil boom has been a drastic rise in property values, driving up property taxes. There is benefit in appreciating values if you’re selling your home or sharing in the appreciating economy, but if you’re a long term resident who wants to stay and are living on a fixed income or an income stream that’s not tied to the oil industry, you begin to feel a severe pinch. This has caused burdens on already stretched middle class families, and has led to reactionary actions such as the extreme “Measure 2” initiative to eliminate property taxes all together.
But we must remember, property taxes are the most direct source of local funding—which pays for crucial public services (e.g. police, firefighters, and schooling).
Therefore, a reasonable policy approach to the issue of property taxes must balance these two priorities: (1) providing meaningful property tax relief to North Dakota families, especially those already under financial strain and (2) maintaining the integrity of local-funding streams for essential services.
A Balanced Approach to Energy Development – Now
North Dakota is blessed with an abundance of oil, coal and natural gas. New technologies are making it possible for our state to help make America energy independent. North Dakota must share our natural resources with the nation, but not to the detriment of our neighbors and communities. We need a renewed commitment to stewardship and a balanced approach to resource development that accounts for the energy needs of the nation and – most importantly – for the well-being of North Dakotans in the path of the impact from new energy development.
A Long Term Economic Plan – Now
North Dakota’s been down this road before. We’ve enjoyed the fruits of previous economic booms only to be left with a bitter aftertaste that comes when the boom goes bust. We can’t let this happen to our citizens and communities again. That’s why we need to develop a long-term plan that lays out the steps for us to develop our resources wisely, using the fruits of this “one time harvest” to ensure a “lasting harvest” that will continue to provide our state’s long term economic and cultural health.
A New Commitment to Children – Now
A state can be measured by how it takes care of its children. Now is the moment for us to use our state’s blessings to ensure our children’s health, well being, education and opportunities for tomorrow. This includes holding the line on college tuition to keep it affordable, the development of innovative steps to help families provide a college education and supporting all who care for and educate our children.
Bring Back Common Sense to State Government – Now
With the vast opportunities and the associated challenges that lie ahead for our state, it is imperative that we rise above the partisan gamesmanship and have a true participatory democracy where everyone’s voice is heard, regardless of where they live in the state or the size of their bank account. North Dakota is enriched when all voices are heard and all ideas are shared.
Solve North Dakota’s Water Challenges – Now
One of the most challenging – and persistent – issues facing North Dakota is water. Now is the moment for everyone in our state to come together and develop sensible solutions and proactive plans for each of North Dakota’s flood plains and water basins. Our state has the financial resources to make this a reality. All that is needed is vision and leadership.
As your governor, Ryan will measure each issue and proposed solution by asking a simple question: “Will this help us build a better future for all North Dakotans?”