In a recent videotaped interview with editor of the Bismarck Tribune, Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Merle Boucher displayed his lack of knowledge of the progress that North Dakota has made under strong Republican leadership. In this instance Boucher stated that “the economy is robust at the present time, our tax collections are very robust and yet at the same time our numbers of people aren’t growing.”

Boucher is either ignorant of the facts, or he is purposely trying to mislead the people of North Dakota. In either case, Boucher does not display the qualities that the people of North Dakota expect in their political leaders.

When it comes to population, the fact is that the decades old trend of population loss has turned around. In fact, since 2003 our state’s population has risen by more than 6,500 people. Last year alone the population increased by 2,255 people.

Republicans have helped the state to grow and diversify its economy leading to a growth of more than 30,000 new jobs since 2000. Our wages and incomes are rising faster than the national average. And, our economy continues to grow by more than $1 billion per year.

Boucher’s recent attempts to deny the truth show that the only hope the Democrats have is to hide the facts about our state’s progress.