for district 22
Balance the Budget
strengthen the economy
Skilled Workforce & Job Creation
Michael cosponsored HB 1171 with provided $3 million in skilled workforce scholarships and $3 million in student loan repayment to incentivize college graduates who have earned high-demand degrees to stay in North Dakota. Governor Burgum signed it into law in the Spring of 2019.
Michael started the discussion on expanding and simplifying the Farm Home Exemption tax, which was passed and signed into law during the 2019 session.
As a 5th generation farmer, Michael understands the importance of the family farm and helped seek passage of legislation to include second cousins as part of the family farm.
Agriculture research and education has been something Michael has supported since he was first elected. Through his efforts, Michael secured funds for an Agriculture Products Development Center on the campus of North Dakota State University.
At the end of the 2019 Legislative Session, with Michael's support, the per pupil payment for North Dakota students is now above $10,000. With K-12 funding increasing by over $163 million, that will allow for teacher raises.
The Rail Safety Program was authorized through Michael's amendment in the Public Service Commission budget, with the goal to avoid train derailments like the 2013 Casselton accident.
Michael was successful in pushing for 100% of the fire insurance tax distribution fund to go to local fire departments.
Lower Property Taxes
Michael supported $174 million in permanent property tax relief by having the state take over the County Social Services program.