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Associated Press , Published February 11 2013

Measure fails to suspend North Dakota income tax

BISMARCK — The North Dakota House has defeated a measure that would have given residents a break from paying state income tax this year and next.

The House voted 63-23 to kill the bill Monday.

Republican Rep. Scott Louser of Minot sponsored the measure. He says it's an attempt to decrease the tax burden on people living in oil-rich North Dakota.

Tax analysts estimated that North Dakota's treasury would have taken a more than $1 billion hit over the next two years if the measure passed.

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