Print Column: We Are Regulating Young Families Out of Our State

MINOT, N.D. — Generations of politicians in North Dakota have struggled to address a consistent problem facing our state.

How do we get our young people to stay here? How do we get young people to move here to alleviate our chronic workforce shortages?

Short of playing host to an oil boom, which did reverse our trend toward a smaller and older population, we haven’t found a solution to that complicated problem.

One thing which might help is addressing the Kafkaesque bureaucracy which addles the childcare industry.

Because you know what young people like to do? Start families. And young families need access to affordable childcare.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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