Did you know that some of the people protesting the Dakota Pipeline were paid to be there? The state of North Dakota does. And they want those folks to step and pay their fair share of income tax. Isn’t that what the left is always demanding of everyone else?
The Washington Times reports:
North Dakota wants hired pipeline protesters to pay state income taxes
After spending more than $22 million on the Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota wants to make sure any paid activists remember to submit their state income taxes.
Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said his office is keeping an eye out for tax forms from environmental groups that may have hired protesters to agitate against the 1,172-mile, four-state pipeline project.
“It’s something we’re looking at. I can tell you I’ve had a number of conversations with legislators regarding this very issue,” said Mr. Rauschenberger. “[We’re] looking at the entities that have potential paid contractors here on their behalf doing work.”
It’s no secret that millions have been funneled into the six-month-old demonstration via crowdfunding websites, and that more than 30 environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, Indigenous Environmental Network, Food and Water Watch, 350.org and Greenpeace, have backed the protest.
Just because you make your living by protesting doesn’t mean you’re exempt.