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Legislator Proposes Bill Making Constitutional Petition Process Harder

Legislator Proposes Bill Making Constitutional Petition Process Harder

There have been a lot of measures on North Dakota’s ballots over the last few years, and it appears as though one legislator wants to make the process a little harder. Rep. Keith Kempenich, a Republican from Bowman, ND, is proposing a bill that if passed would amend the state constitution to require that any

Brilliant New Solution To Health Care Costs: Government Price Controls

Pricing is paramount in a free market. Price signals are what regulates the market. They’re set by supply and demand, and in turn control supply and demand. When supplies are short, and demand is high, prices go up to protect supply and discourage demand. Price also encourages expansion of supply to meet demand by being

Republican States Run Surpluses, Democrat States Run Deficits

One of the wonderful things about our federalist system of government is that our states can act as “laboratories of democracy,” as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis put it. Which is to say, each state can address policy issues in different way, with observable differences in results. It’s interesting to apply that to fiscal issue.

Democrat Governors Call For Automatic Minimum Wage Increases

Chris Gregoire and John Kitzhaber, the governors of Washington and Oregon respectively, want the federal government to raise the minimum wage and then put in place a system for automatic wage hikes in the future. Based on our experience, we offer three proposals to help build an American economy that works for everyone. First, Congress

Executive Branch Officials Get Pay Increases Under Governor's Budget

Taking a look at Governor Dalrymple’s proposed budgets for the various executive office holders reveals big pay increases. Dalrymple intends for these statewide elected officials to each reap an 11.4% pay increase from 2012 to 2015. Here’s the specific dollar amounts for each office (you can read the actual bills here, look at HB1001 –

Schafer Column: North Dakota's Lesson For Solving The Deficit Problem

North Dakota was just rated as the “Best Run State in America”, and there are lessons to be learned as we approach our financial problems in the federal government. President Obama pushes tax increases to solve the outrageous deficit problem facing our country and says “the majority of Americans agree with my approach.” David Axlerod

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