Bev Clayburgh, Grand Forks, letter: Hoeven delivers on promises
Hoeven delivers on promises GRAND FORKS -- The letter by Nicholas Payne seems to be a bit misguided, and some of his suggestions deserve a rebuttal ("Tax burden tarnishes Hoeven's legacy," Page A4, Aug. 13). Since taking office, Gov. John Hoeven ...
Hoeven delivers on promises
GRAND FORKS -- The letter by Nicholas Payne seems to be a bit misguided, and some of his suggestions deserve a rebuttal ("Tax burden tarnishes Hoeven's legacy," Page A4, Aug. 13).
Since taking office, Gov. John Hoeven has stressed more than anything the importance of aggressive economic development to jump-start North Dakota's economy and create more good-paying jobs. He set out to do this, and we have seen unprecedented economic growth through visionary programs such as the Centers of Excellence. The centers have created partnerships between the public and private sectors fostering new and innovative ideas and helping to commercialize products and services.
In turn, the centers have become engines of economic growth and job creation.
In addition, Hoeven targeted several sectors, including advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture and energy. Today, North Dakota remains one of only a few states in the nation enjoying an increase in manufacturing jobs. In addition to these, we see growth in engineering, computer and technology jobs.
With all these new opportunities, it's no wonder North Dakota has a large surplus. But Payne doesn't take into account the fact that more jobs, higher wages and income from a growing economy all contribute to this surplus.
Hoeven is not against tax relief. He already has proposed a $300 million property tax relief and an education funding reform package that will help North Dakotans where they need it most -- with escalating property taxes. He also has shown support for broad-based tax relief, but he does believe in a balanced and sustainable approach.
Yes, North Dakota is experiencing prosperous times, but we need to be careful in planning for the future. That is the kind of leadership we have come to expect from Hoeven.