Plain Talk: “Opening up Our Own Economy Is Not Enough”

Stylists work on their clients hair on Monday, May 4, at Salon DUO in downtown Fargo as some businesses have reopened. David Samson / The Forum

“Opening up our own economy is not enough,” Dr. Jeremy Jackson, head of North Dakota State University’s Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise, said on this episode of Plain Talk. “We need other places to open up.”

Jackson is the author of a new forecast for North Dakota’s economy which has some grim findings. During the interview, he notes that North Dakota is an export state. Our primary industries produce goods which are then sold outside of the state, and often outside of the country.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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