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Dorso Column: Solve North Dakota's Spending Problem With Tax Cuts

Dorso Column: Solve North Dakota's Spending Problem With Tax Cuts

The problem with governments and excess revenue is that there are a lot of people, bureaucrats, legislators and special interest groups who have “great ideas” on how to spend it. The real difficulty is that legislators have a problem saying no. It is immensely easier to agree with spending when you have a lot of

Senate To Vote On $350 Million In Income Tax Cuts, $250 Million More Likely To Pass

“We are bringing 1250 up to the floor for a vote,” a state Senator told me this morning. That’s the income tax cuts introduced by Rep. Craig Headland which, when passed in the House, totaled over $500 million in reductions for individuals, corporations and financial institutions. When the Senate got a hold of the bill,

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

Asking The University System To Prioritize Projects Isn't Unreasonable

In a shining example of how the home town media feeds the problems in North Dakota’s university system by being everything but registered lobbyists for their local institutions, the Grand Forks Herald today gripes that the University of North Dakota law school refurbishment needs a specific appropriation from the legislature. The North Dakota House’s higher-education

Hoeven: Obama "Moving The Goal Posts" On Keystone Pipeline

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven was on MSNBC this morning talking about the Boston bombing, budget battles and the Keystone XL pipeline. “We’ll put a hundred thousand barrels a day of Bakken light sweet crude into that pipeline,” Senator Hoeven said of the project’s importance to North Dakota. “The president needs to make a decision.

Democrat Critical Of Obamacare Not Seeking Re-Election

Breaking news this morning is that long-time Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus won’t be running for re-election. BREAKING: Baucus not seeking re-election. Reported on Fox News #MTPol #mtsen — Aaron Flint (@aaronflint) April 23, 2013 That’s interesting because it was just last week that Baucus was warning of an Obamacare “train wreck.” A senior Democratic

Guest Post: Legislature Leaves North Dakotans Behind On Tax Relief Again

With 10 days left until the legislature must meet its 80 day constitutional limit, efforts to figure out how to balance the budget have hit what can only be described as a ridiculous point. Prior to the halfway point of the current legislative session, HB 1250 passed the House almost unanimously (the vote was 92-1).

Shocker: Senate Strips $375 Million Out Income Tax Cuts Passed By The House

About the only bright spot for tax relief this legislative session was a half-billion dollar package of corporate and personal income taxes passed by the House. Unfortunately, and as expected, the state Senate has watered those tax cuts down to the paltry $125 million in cuts proposed in Governor Jack Dalrymple’s executive budget. And Senate

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

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