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Dorso Column: Keep Property Taxes Local

Dorso Column: Keep Property Taxes Local

I am having a real problem trying to agree with my Republican friends in the legislature and Governor Jack Dalrymple. I don’t think the governor or the legislature should get much credit for trying to keep property taxes in check. In fact during my legislative leadership I tried to keep the legislature out of property

ND House Strips $30 Million From Dalrymple's Budget For Housing Incentive Fund

Today there was floor debate over Governor Jack Darlymple’s Housing Incentive Fund. The fund asks for private sector donations to subsidize low-income housing, for which contributors get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit up to a $15 million total cap. Which basically means the taxpayers are ultimately footing the bill. The fund barely hit its $15 million

Legislature Considers Bill Allowing Local Elected Officials To Order Mandatory Evacuations

In the 2011 legislative session a bill to allow mandatory evacuation orders from local officials was considered, and rejected, by the legislature because it might have let those orders be issued by bureaucrats instead of elected officials. In the current session the idea is before the legislature again, though this time it’s more clear on

Guest Post: Fargo Diversion Is Redistribution Of Wealth

“Redistribution of wealth.” Few phrases provoke a bigger response from either side of America’s political divide. For some, the words conjure up the social safety net, student loans and Medicare. Others see it as socialized theft, taking from people who have worked their way to success, only to give it to the indolent. Most everyone

Interview: Rep. Todd Porter Defends Conservation Board

State Rep. Todd Porter told me in an interview that he didn’t feel a bill to create a state conservation board, funded with oil tax dollars and empowered to make grants to local governments and non-profits to promote conservation, wasn’t a response to a similar measure that would have been on the statewide ballot in

Are Women In Danger In North Dakota's Oil Patch?

Like a lot of North Dakotans, I’ve grown a little weary of the national media attention paid to the Bakken oil boom. At one point it was novel, and even illuminating, to see the changes in our communities covered by national media reporters who strike a tone which is often that of a stringer on

NDSU Faculty Proves Why North Dakota's Universities Should Be Privatized

Recently North Dakota State University raised the ire of legislators when they accepted Obamacare funding to partner with Planned Parenthood for sex education. The legislature had already specifically turned down those funds, and state law prohibits anything but abstinence-based sex education. NDSU President Dean Bresciani was forced to admit that the acceptance of the funds

Video: Discussing Higher Education On Valley News Live

Chris Berg was kind enough to ask me on again as a guest on his Point of View program on Valley News Live in Fargo. Here’s the clip from my segment: I’m glad that the run-away costs of higher education, both to taxpayers and students, are getting some real scrutiny but we need to go

Senate Pounds Through Emergency Bill To Block Open Records Request

Yesterday I wrote about an open records I filed for comments posted in the North Dakota legislature’s bill tracking service. I was curious if those comments were open record or not, and so filed the request to find out. The response so far has been to rush though legislation to block open records requests for

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