MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s reliance on consultants, at all levels of government, is an epidemic.
From state boards down to local school boards, our state’s leaders can’t seem to even tie their shoes without hiring a consultant.
Everybody knows it.
People in political circles joke about it.
The smartest person in the room, the oft-made quip goes, is the person from out-of-state with a briefcase.
Case in point, on April 8, Gov. Doug Burgum signed into law House Bill 1425, sponsored by Rep. Mike Nathe (R-Bismarck), which directs some of the principal of the Legacy Fund into an in-state investment program that directs capital to infrastructure projects and business ventures.