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North Dakota's Spending Growth, In Pictures

North Dakota's Spending Growth, In Pictures

One of the more useful reports used by the legislature is the Budget and Fiscal Trends report produced for legislators by the Legislative Council. It boils the state’s spending tends down into easy-to-read charts. Legislators just got their most recent copy of the report this morning, and a few of them were kind enough to

NDSU Tries To Explain Away Airplane Use

In a story sparked, I believe, by my post yesterday about NDSU using the university’s private airplane to visit the legislature (it’s ok, news directors, to admit that you get story ideas here) Valley News Live asked university officials about the propriety of using the airplane. And in the story, NDSU claims that not a

Anti-Gun Group Declares Victory Over Heitkamp: "She Got The Message"

Over the weekend Senator Heidi Heitkamp made headlines when she called President Obama’s rumored gun control proposals “extreme.” That got the attention of the anti-gun left, who responded swiftly with an ad intending to shame Heitkamp into submission. Heitkamp’s media flaks responded quickly, assuring the anti-gun folks that Heitkamp isn’t ruling out gun control. “The

ND Dems Put Their Crosshairs On Free Speech In Upcoming Session

In response to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s State of the State speech today (posts about that here and here), North Dakota Democrats have released their own list of priorities. For the most part, they’re really not all that different from Governor Dalrymple’s priorities, though they do a good job getting some nice, partisan jabs in for

Audio: Dalrymple Says Property Taxes Can Still Go Up Under Property Tax Relief Scheme

I mentioned this briefly in my post about Governor Dalrymple’s State of the State address earlier today, but I thought these comments about property taxes were noteworthy enough for their own post. Since 2007 the legislature has been trying to tackle the problem of property taxes. In hindsight, I’d point out that the legislature probably

Dalrymple's State Of The State

If you missed Governor Jack Dalrymple’s State of the State address today, you should be able to catch the archive here, and the gov’s press release is below. You can fast forward through about the first 30 minutes of nonsense. Only in government does it take 30 minutes to usher people into a room and

Heidi Heitkamp Isn't Against Gun Control

Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been getting a lot of attention from pro-gun folks because she called the President’s gun control proposals “extreme.” My contention, though, based on Heitkamp’s comments in context is that she’s just posturing. She’s not against gun control. She’s just against being perceived as anti-gun. As proof, there’s this response from Heitkamp’s

Air Bison Is Back In Operation For The 2013 Legislative Session

After receiving heavy legislative criticism for their use, and abuse, of their private airplane the folks at North Dakota State University announced they were selling the airplane. Except, now they’re not selling the airplane, and with legislation in the hopper to exempt the university system from oversight of state aircraft use NDSU is up to

Let's Not Get Carried Away On Education Spending

For the first time in generations, North Dakota has a growing population. A booming population, in the western part of the state, and that means local officials are demanding more money for education. Some of the needs are real, though some are exaggerated. Case in point, after going into full-on alarmist mode about growing enrollment,

Why Does North Dakota Need A 25% Increase In Human Services Spending?

North Dakotans have become used to stories, in the past few years, extolling the state’s booming economy. North Dakota has some of the fastest growing employment numbers, and lowest unemployment rates. Personal incomes in North Dakota are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation. Yet, according to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s executive budget recommendations, we

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