BISMARCK, ND – Newly elected State Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) praised his colleagues tonight for their hard fought victories that have lead to a NDGOP super majority. He also warned them not to rest on past accomplishments, but instead to keep focused on the work at hand and ahead of them as they move into November’s special session.
“We need a caucus that is going to be proactive about dealing with the issues,” said Wardner, who listed growing federal encroachment upon the state as one. Wardner also stated the need to streamline sales taxes in light of proposed federal sales taxes, address real property tax reform, work on educational system reforms, and keep watch that on-going spending does not grow beyond the state’s stream of on-going revenues.
A former high school coach, Wardner talked at length about communication and teamwork and the need for each and every member to put forth their best efforts.
“We cannot stand on our past records,” said Wardner. “I’ve coached some great teams in my day, and let me tell you, this is a talented team.”
Wardner is a retired educator and farmer as well as the former Executive Director of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce.