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North Dakota House rejects tax break for GM, Ford, Chrysler car sales

BISMARCK - The North Dakota House this afternoon turned back a bill that would have exempted Ford, Chrysler and General Motors vehicles from the state motor vehicle excise tax. House Bill 1539 was rejected on a 64-29 vote.

Those opposing the bill said the state's car dealers were concerned that North Dakotans are holding back on vehicle sales waiting to see what happens with the bill and that the bill was unfair to used car dealers and dealerships carrying only foreign-branded cars.

Other arguments were that such a bill only permits the "Big Three" automakers to keep doing what has caused their financial problems in the first place.