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Shocker: Interest In Private Sector Currency Spiking In Southern Europe

Shocker: Interest In Private Sector Currency Spiking In Southern Europe

In Cyprus, government officials desperate to shore-up bloated budgets have been working on ways to raid the bank deposits of their citizens. The most recent plan would have citizens with more than 100,000 euros in deposits take a 30% haircut. Not surprisingly, this has sparked bank runs and all manner of other chaos in Cyprus

Sales Tax Collections Fall In Minot Thanks To Slowing Oil Boom

Write this down, along with increasing hotel vacancies and other factors, as another sign that the North Dakota oil boom is quickly plateauing: February brought a second straight month of a major fall-off in sales tax collections in Minot. Sales tax revenue was down 38 percent again last month. Minot City Finance Director Cindy Hemphill

Dorso Column: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fiscal Notes

As we get closer to the end of the session the citizens of North Dakota should know about fiscal notes. Fiscal notes are attached to bills being contemplated by the legislature whenever there may be a monetary impact from the proposed legislation. Fiscal notes are nothing more than an educated guess or estimate of the

SBHE Student Member Distributes Documents Full Of "Disturbing" Allegations Against Chancellor Shirvani

Breaking news this afternoon is that the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, Sydney Hull, referred to “disturbing” allegations about embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. What’s even more disturbing than what may or may not be in the allegations themselves (including alleged open meetings law violations, among other things) is the fact that

Bring On The Sequester: FAA Investigating "Harlem Shake" Video Filmed In Flight

According to CNN, a group of ultimate frisbee players on their way to a tournament in San Francisco got permission from the flight crew on a Frontier Airlines to organize a “Harlem Shake” dance video with other passengers. Apparently everyone was on board with it, and they posted the result online: Now the killjoys at

The Sequester's Impact On The States Is An Argument For Federalism

The fear mongering over what are, really, rather small reductions in federal spending as a result of the spending sequester have been entertaining. The histrionics from proponents of ever more expansive government budgets betray, I think, their fear that we might reduce spending without any major hiccups in our day-to-day lives. If you want people

The ND House Tackles A Batch Of Property Tax Bills

Yesterday the state House addressed a slew of property tax bills (a full summary of the bills and outcomes below), including Governor Jack Dalrymple’s supposed “property tax relief” bill, which I thought was aptly characterized in this Grand Forks Herald headline: The Governor’s property tax relief isn’t really tax relief at all. Not when spending

Laws Named After Children Should Require A Super Majority To Pass

Just as the North Dakota legislature is considering tougher DUI laws for the state, the North Dakota Department of Transportation has launched a new ad campaign featuring the victims of high-profile drunk driving incident from last year. Because that’s not at all political, right? And the state’s media, most notably Forum Communications, has hyped a

Dorso Column: The Media And The University System

In my last column I accuse newspapers and faculties of protecting their self interests when it comes to reform of the higher education system. I don’t think I need to go in to detail as to why faculties react the way they do. If your job might be at risk you would maybe react the

North Dakota Hasn't Caved To Obamacare Yet

News that Florida Governor Rick Scott, until this point a staunch opponent to Obamacare, capitulating on the expansion of Medicaid is frustrating. The Republican governors – including North Dakota’s own Jack Dalrymple – who are waving the white flag in this matter are taking a short-sighted view. Yes, the states will get federal dollars in

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