Roughrider Roundup – October 18, 2021

Happy Monday!

Here’s a roundup of everything you might’ve missed from North Dakota’s great Republican leaders this past week. Please share with family, friends, and fellow Republicans!

North Dakota

Burgum, Commerce Announce ND Development Fund Support for Cerilon to Build $2.8B Gas-to-Liquids Plant
AM 1100 The Flag
“The global investment community and markets are demanding low carbon energy,” Burgum said. “North Dakota is well-positioned to be a global leader and coveted location for businesses who are looking to expand and respond to the many factors that are currently shaping the future of energy.”

Burgum calls for smart and vibrant cities at 2021 Main Street Summit
KX News
Burgum said the state needs smart cities, those that create experiences rather than just infrastructure. The governor said the experience is how North Dakota could overcome its labor unavailability problem.

Final tax deadline arrives Friday
The Bismarck Tribune
The tax-filing deadline was moved from April 15 to May 17 this year due to the coronavirus pandemic…If a taxpayer does not file by Friday, penalties also will apply, according to state Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger.

Faces and voices of recovery taking center stage
Wahpeton Daily News
“We have a bunch of North Dakotans who will be sharing their stories of how addiction has impacted their lives,” Burgum said. “These are many different people from all sorts of industries and communities, from farmers to doctors and nurses.”

North Dakota lawmakers, business leaders ‘elated’ at news of Canada border reopening
Grand Forks Herald
“While this shift in policy unfortunately includes more needless delays, it is a positive and long overdue step toward ending the unnecessary restrictions that have caused real pain to our communities and citizens on both sides of the border as well as our retail and tourism businesses that rely on Canadian travelers,” Burgum said.

Washington, D.C.

Using Farm Bill to fight rising food costs
“COVID has been terrible in a lot of ways, but one of things that I think it has done is it’s opened all of people’s eyes to supply chain issues in general. Our pork prices are up, our chicken prices are up, our beef prices are up, and the producers aren’t getting that increase in cost, that’s a problem on both ends,” said Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D.

Lawmakers clash over government’s role in preserving cash
American Banker
Sens. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. [has] introduced a bill in the Senate that would prohibit businesses from refusing cash, posting signs that cash is not accepted or charging a higher price for using cash.

Senator Cramer Tours Service Dogs for America
“Service dogs have changed, and even saved, the lives of many veterans with mobility impairments,” said Senator Cramer. “Today’s visit was proof of our legislation in action, and it was eye-opening to see how these service dogs are trained up to serve our veterans. Thank you Service Dogs for America for the great work you do and for hosting us today.”

KX Conversation: Sen. Hoeven discusses the borders reopening for nonessential travel
KX News
For our Oct. 13 edition of KX Conversation, we were joined by Sen. John Hoeven who’s been pushing for this move for a while now.

North Dakota officials say US decision on Canada border welcome but ‘long overdue’
The Bismarck Tribune
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., also has pressed the Biden administration to reopen the border, during a Senate committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken[.]…U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., also issued statements Wednesday. Armstrong called the border announcement “long overdue and welcome news for the thousands of North Dakotans and small businesses who rely on trade across our northern border.”

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