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Taxing Online Sales Would Boost North Dakota Sales Tax Revenues By Less Than 1%

Taxing Online Sales Would Boost North Dakota Sales Tax Revenues By Less Than 1%

Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently used her first speech on the floor of the US Senate to call for a massive expansion of state taxing authority that would cost online shoppers billions upon billions in new taxes every year by allowing states to collect sales taxes from online retailers with no physical presence within their borders.

Despite Governor Signing Bill Into Law, War Over Outdoor Heritage Fund Continues

The governor may have signed a bill creating a $30 million per-biennium continuing appropriation for a conservation fund, but the controversy over the fund continues as the Bismarck Tribune reports. Rep. Todd Porter is still pushing amendments which would strip three special interests named specifically to the board advising the fund from the bill’s language,

Somehow A 22% Increase In Minimum Teacher Pay Gets Reported As No Increase At All

Yesterday the North Dakota Senate debated a massive school funding bill. Democrats attempted a floor amendment to that bill to raise minimum teacher pay in the state to $32,000 per year. That amendment got rejected, but that didn’t mean that minimum teacher pay isn’t going up. The Senate approved Governor Jack Dalrymple’s budgeted $5,000/year increase.

Heidi Heitkamp's Post-Election Embrace Of Gay Marriage An Act Of Cowardice

I was happy to see this week that Senator Heidi Heitkamp embraced gay marriage. That’s the right decision, and one more and more Republicans and Democrats are making. Hopefully this shift in political thinking will result in allowing feelings about homosexuality to be a private matter to be settled in our homes, churches and civic

Petitions Filed To Refer North Dakota's New Pro-Life Laws To The Ballot

I’m actually a little surprised the pro-abortion activists are going this route. As Bismarck Tribune reporter Nick Smith posted on Twitter, petitions to refer the three pro-life bills already signed by Governor Jack Dalrymple to the ballot were filed with the Secretary of State today. Petitions to refer HB1305, HB1456 and SB2305, three abortion bills,

Teddy Roosevelt's Descendent Says Slow Down North Dakota's Oil Boom

Winthrop Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of former President Theodore Roosevelt, has partnered with Bismarck Tribune columnist/environmental activist Clay Jenkinson as well as the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress to produce a video trashing North Dakota’s oil boom (see below). To go along with it, Roosevelt has also published a column in The Daily Beast in

NDUS Employee Blames Chancellor For Providing Public Information To This Blog

Below is the (hard to follow) written testimony from NDUS employee Linda Porter delivered to a House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday. The testimony details Porter’s accusations of data manipulation against Chancellor Shirvani and mentions this blog twice as the recipient of information from the chancellor. Porter states that Chancellor Shirvani manipulated data, but as the Bismarck

Frontier's Success No Excuse For Crony Capitalism

A year ago the City of Bismarck, at the behest of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, put in place a $200,000 subsidy to lure Frontier Airlines to town (about six months later Frontier Airlines was able to move into Minot about 100 miles north of Bismarck, no subsidies needed). Now comes news that business has

Small Town Socialism

This Bismarck Tribune article about a dispute over opening a deli in a small town grocery store is fascinating. Apparently Star Grocery in New Leipzig is operated by the New Leipzig Jobs Development Authority, one of the economic development public/private partnerships that are ubiquitous in our communities these days. So, in other words, the grocery

Democrat Legislator Jessica Haak Calls Republican Majority Leader A "Nazi"

Here was Rep. Jessica Haak’s (D-Jamestown) Twitter feed as of a few minutes ago: Earlier today, during the debate over Rep. Mark Dosch’s school choice bill, Rep. Haak was claiming on Twitter that Republicans were “bashing public schools.” That was demonstrably untrue, as anyone who watched the debate knows (video here), and I referenced Haak’s

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