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Guest Post: Higher Ed Board Should Resign Along With Chancellor Shirvani

Guest Post: Higher Ed Board Should Resign Along With Chancellor Shirvani

With the late breaking news this afternoon that the North Dakota Board of Higher Education has voted unanimously to buy-out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s contract, less than a year after hiring him, board members themselves should now question why they would continue serving on the board. This on-going saga is the result of a power play made during

Guest Post: Rep. Kevin Cramer Told The Truth About Moral Decline

Before It Was History, It Was News is the title of a book written to connect actual news stories with the recorded history of the America Revolution. In this day and age, however, the words to an old chorus might give the careful reader cause to think: The voice of truth tells me a different

Guest Post: Eliminating The Property Tax Is The Right Path Forward

I’d like to thank “Say Anything Blog” for printing John Dorso’s recent column, “Eliminate the Income Tax, Not the Property Tax.” Mr. Dorso purported to “dis” elimination of property taxes and at the same time tried to sound like he was “dising” the body of which he served as the former Republican House Majority Leader.

Guest Post: Let Minnesota Serve As North Dakota's Cautionary Tale

As a returning, former resident of North Dakota I am watching with interest the North Dakota legislature with regard to the piles of money the oil boom has brought to the state and the ways in which those in elected office are spending said tax payer dollars. The following is a cautionary tale to all

Guest Post: North Dakota Tax Cuts Represent Dark Clouds For Minnesota Border Communities

As the 63rd North Dakota legislative session comes to a close not much has been reported about the ongoing implications of the unprecedented economic prosperity, record tax relief and increased state spending on the communities bordering North Dakota and Minnesota. According to the 2010 census there were over 122,000 residents in the seven Minnesota counties

Guest Post: Local Governments Move The Property Tax Goalposts

As the legislature battles with itself over how to provide property tax relief, local governments are showing once again that they are the ones really in control. Out of Williston comes a story about how residential property values will climb 15-35% on local residents. As the article states: “But Gooch-Egge cautioned that the increase in property values

Guest Post: Legislature Leaves North Dakotans Behind On Tax Relief Again

With 10 days left until the legislature must meet its 80 day constitutional limit, efforts to figure out how to balance the budget have hit what can only be described as a ridiculous point. Prior to the halfway point of the current legislative session, HB 1250 passed the House almost unanimously (the vote was 92-1).

Guest Post: District Party Elections Are Important

On May 7th, the residents and Executive Committees of the Fargo Legislative Districts will be convening at the Sheyenne 9th Grade Center for local elections. From personal experience, I can tell you that these elections are important. Executive committees have a number of responsibilities over their two-year terms. They assist in the campaigns of their

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Guest Post: Governor Dalrymple Has Made 154 Rulings In Favor Oil Company He Owns Stock In

As Chair of the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Governor Dalrymple has made 154 rulings in favor of Exxon Mobile’s subsidiary XTO. In light of the fact that Governor Dalrymple has officially admitted he owns stock in Exxon Mobile, this is not just a glaring conflict of interest, it is a racket. It is a systematic

Guest Post: The Opposite Of Property Tax Reform

With property taxes being the lead story now in North Dakota for the better part of a decade, you would think the legislature would figure out that they need to come up with ways to control the growth local property taxes, rather than make it easier for property taxes to go up. But if the

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