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With Enrollment Down Over 10 Years, Where Is North Dakota's Record Education Spending Going?

With Enrollment Down Over 10 Years, Where Is North Dakota's Record Education Spending Going?

In recent years North Dakota has seen tremendous growth in K-12 education spending, and this legislature didn’t change that trend. The property tax shift included included in education funding has gotten the most attention, and even with the legislature shaving a bit off Governor Dalrymple’s proposed buy-down of education mills, the state is getting a

Can North Dakota's Tax Base Support 171% Growth In Per-Capita State Spending?

North Dakota went into the just-ended legislative session with a lot of money. And they spent a lot of money. Governor Jack Dalrymple kicked the session off proposing a $4.7 billion general fund budget. The legislature tacked another $2.076 billion onto the executive budget to take the state to a whopping $6.862 billion in general

On Fourth Try, North Dakota House Finally Approves Anti-Smoking Agency Budget

Yesterday the House killed the budget for North Dakota’s anti-tobacco agency for the third time, but today yet another reconsideration won a majority. After House Majority Leader Al Carlson reportedly told his caucus that he expected a majority vote for it today, it passed on a 68 to 23 vote. According to the North Dakota

North Dakota's Tobacco Prohibitionists May Not Have A Budget This Year

It’s absolutely ridiculous that the State of North Dakota has an agency devoted to anti-tobacco activism. Political activism belongs in the private sector, not enshrined in the government. So it’s with no small amount of satisfaction that I observe the House killing the agency’s budget. It was killed yesterday, and when brought back for reconsideration

Senate Approves Petition Reform Requiring Big-Impact Constitutional Measures Be Decided On November Ballot

The North Dakota Senate this morning approved HCR3011, which reforms the initiated measure process for constitutional measures by requiring that measures with an impact of more than $40 million (indexed to inflation) be voted on in the November election as opposed to the June primary. The measure would also prohibit circulation of any petition directing

Do We Elect Politicians To Govern, Or To Appoint Boards And Commissions?

According to opinion editor Tom Dennis at the Grand Forks Herald, what higher education in North Dakota needs is Commission on Higher Education Governance that will report to the legislature how higher education should be governed. Of course, North Dakota has already tried this. In 1999 the Roundtable on Higher Education was formed. In 2000

Legislature Orders NDSU To Sell Airplane

Before the legislative session began, NDSU announced that they were selling the expensive and controversial airplane they have at the read for use by university officials. During the interim, legislators questioned the need of having a private airplane available at beck-and-call for mere university officials especially at a cost that is 400% more than it

House Approves Amendment Removing Some Special Interests From Outdoor Heritage Fund

Today the House took up amendments to SB2242. Rep. Todd Porter, who sponsored HB1278 which has already been passed by the governor, introduced amendments to this bill after it became clear that some of the special interest groups named in his legislation to a board to advise the appropriations made it clear they’d likely pursue

House Readies For "Dog Fight" Over Amendments Reducing Higher Ed Budget Increase

Legislators are expecting some blood to be left on the floor tomorrow over amendments to higher ed budgets that one legislator told me is sure to set off a “dog fight.” What’s frustrating is that the fight in question is over what is really a modest reduction in spending growth on higher education. At the

SAB's Top Posts From The Last Week, Open Thread

Here are SAB’s top posts from the week that was. Joel Heitkamp/KFGO “Expansion” Plans Not Exactly Popular With Fargo Sports Fans – Liberal talk radio host Joel Heitkamp caused quite a stir this week when he tried to spin his impending loss of western radio affiliates KFYR and KCJB by announcing an “expansion” plan…to a

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