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North Dakota's Spending Growth, In Pictures

North Dakota's Spending Growth, In Pictures

One of the more useful reports used by the legislature is the Budget and Fiscal Trends report produced for legislators by the Legislative Council. It boils the state’s spending tends down into easy-to-read charts. Legislators just got their most recent copy of the report this morning, and a few of them were kind enough to

Why Does North Dakota Need A 25% Increase In Human Services Spending?

North Dakotans have become used to stories, in the past few years, extolling the state’s booming economy. North Dakota has some of the fastest growing employment numbers, and lowest unemployment rates. Personal incomes in North Dakota are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation. Yet, according to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s executive budget recommendations, we

Why Doesn't North Dakota Track Welfare Funds?

Occasionally we are treated to news stories like this one which detail the use of government welfare funds – programs like TANF or food stamps – being used in inappropriate ways, such as in strip clubs or for alcohol. I was interested in doing a similar story here in North Dakota. After all, these stories

Paul Krugman: Obama Should Solve The Budget Deficit By Making A $1 Trillion Coin

Why reduce spending when you can just print more money? First of all, we have the weird and destructive institution of the debt ceiling; this lets Congress approve tax and spending bills that imply a large budget deficit — tax and spending bills the president is legally required to implement — and then lets Congress

North Dakota Town Bans Booze Sales To "Habitual Drunkards"

I’m not sure how I feel about this: Police in the northeastern North Dakota city of Devils Lake have barred businesses from selling alcohol to area residents who have been jailed repeatedly in the past year for drunken offenses or detoxification. Most of the 21 people on the initial list were American Indians who live

Guest Post: Avoid Your Personal Fiscal Cliff

How will you avoid falling over your own “Fiscal Cliff” in the New Year? In this economy, nobody can make guarantees, but if you can stick to these 10 Resolutions, you’ll be doing all you can to avoid the abyss. Resolution 1: Develop a budget and stick to it by keeping track of everything. Why

Heidi Heitkamp: Don't Tie Spending Cuts To Debt Ceilling

Senator Heidi Heitkamp is quick to name as her mentor the man she replaced in the Senate, Kent Conrad. That seems apt, as Conrad’s legacy of talking tough about the debt and deficits while simultaneously being a wet blanket for any proposals to actually rein in government spending is alive in well in Heitkamp. Case

Let's Be Clear: Governor Dalrymple's Budget Includes Zero Tax Relief

The precise use of language is vital in politics. After all, that language is the basis upon which the laws we must live under are built, so what words mean is important. Which is why it’s frustrating when publications like the Bismarck Tribune insist on calling Governor Dalrymple’s property tax shift tax relief. Property tax

Americans May Be Getting An Idea For What Social Security Really Costs Them

“For the first time in two decades, we raised taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans in a bipartisan way, while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have thrown our economy back into recession,” President Obama said in his weekly address yesterday. “Under this law, more than 98% of Americans and 97% of small

Obamacare Means Less Hiring In 2013

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act as it is officially known, has been held up by its supporters as a boon to working-class Americans. It was supposedly going to make health insurance, and health care, more affordable (thus the name) and easier to get. The reality, unfortunately, is that the bill institutes big new taxes

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