Burgum welcomes Vice President Pence to Fargo, applauds tax relief impacts

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

FARGO, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today welcomed Vice President Mike Pence to Fargo for an event highlighting the positive impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the American economy.

Burgum introduced Pence to several hundred people who assembled to hear the Vice President speak after a panel discussion with business leaders and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven at Fargo’s Delta Hotels by Marriott.

The governor noted it was Pence’s second visit to North Dakota during his first 14 months in office – the first was in October at Minot Air Force Base – and that President Donald Trump also visited Mandan in September to promote his tax relief legislation. Burgum praised the White House and Cabinet for their extraordinary accessibility and cooperation with state leaders on critical issues such as infrastructure, environmental regulations and the nation’s opioid crisis.

“Vice President Pence and the Trump administration’s pro-growth policies are delivering real results for North Dakotans and Americans everywhere, from families pocketing more of their hard-earned pay to the economy adding 313,000 jobs in February to unemployment hitting a 17-year low,” Burgum said. “We thank the Vice President for sharing the successes of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in our great state, which the President has pointed to as a reminder of what can happen when we promote private sector job creation instead of obstructing it.

“We look forward to working with the administration to invest in rural America and improve our nation’s infrastructure through greater innovation, fewer regulatory burdens and returning decision-making to the states where it belongs,” Burgum added.

Pence was greeted at the airport by the governor, First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann, adjutant general of the North Dakota National Guard, and Col. Thomas “Britt” Hatley, commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard’s 119th Wing based in Fargo.