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North Dakota Voters Are Very Forgiving of Politicians Who Struggle With Alcohol

North Dakota Voters Are Very Forgiving of Politicians Who Struggle With Alcohol

Here’s a wild story out of Walsh County (a rural community north of Grand Forks). Shortly before election day, on November 2nd, Walsh County Commissioner Ernest George Barta was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. The details: The Record reports that officers had been on the lookout for a vehicle that

President Donald Trump signs a sweeping tax bill in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Dec. 22, 2017. Trump signed the bill on Friday that Republicans promise will benefit the middle class, despite warnings from Democrats that the new law could be harmful to the country. (Doug Mills/The New York Times Copyright 2017)

North Dakotans Could Enjoy an Additional $33.8 Million in Savings Thanks to the Trump Tax Cuts

I had to laugh a bit when I saw this headline over my colleague John Hageman’s piece about the impact of federal tax reform on state-level revenues. “ND tax office expects revenue hit from new tax law, but top legislators don’t plan on changes,” is the headline, and while it’s certainly true the Republican-backed tax

Liz Lindquist, left, Julie Kamrowski and Gerri Davis form an assembly line as they get the meals prepared for delivery on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Grand Forks, N.D. Davis', the kitchen manager for fifteen years, day starts at 6am getting the meals started. Assembling, sealing and boxing up the meals for the drivers takes around a half hour for the number of routes they currently have. Jesse Trelstad/Forum News Service

The State of North Dakota Is Not Putting Meals on Wheels Funding “At Risk”

“Meals on Wheels funds at risk with ND bill and Trump budget,” reads a recent headline. That’s an unfortunate headline though it does make for a nice talking point for the state’s liberals, who have been crowing about this online and tying the situation to similarly exaggerated claims about President Donald Trump’s budget. .@NDHouseDemNPL is

Rep. Mark Owens, a Republican from Grand Forks, argues in favor of his legislation to require just one license plate on North Dakota vehicles.

Video: After a Lengthy Debate ND House Votes Down Bill Requiring Just One Auto License Plate

The North Dakota House of Representatives today took up HB1084, sponsored by Rep. Mark Owens of Grand Forks. The legislation, had it passed, would have ended the requirement for two license plates on North Dakota vehicles instead requiring just one. Unfortunately, despite a lengthy debate, it didn’t pass. You can watch video of the entire

Millions In "Angel Investment" Tax Credits Going To Out Of State Companies

North Dakota lawmakers are putting some scrutiny business tax incentives, trying to determine whether or not these programs are paying off for the taxpayers. This is an area that’s ripe for review, I think, and already the effort is bearing fruit. Yesterday the interim Political Subdivision Taxation Committee heard testimony from Commerce Department co-Deputy Commissioner Justin Dever,

Video: House Passes Oil Tax Trigger Reform

This morning the House Finance and Taxation Committee heard testimony on HB1476, which would eliminate the looming “big trigger” oil tax exemption and replace it with a flat and permanent 4.5 percent extraction tax. The committee kicked it out with a party-line 10-4 “do pass” recommendation, and the full House got a vote on it

North Dakota Turns Away From Ban On Corporate Farming To Save Swine, Dairy Farms

For 83 years North Dakota has had one of the toughest bans on corporate farming in the nation. While corporations can own and work farmland in the state, those corporations can only exist among family members. Today the state House approved a bill which would exempt swine and dairy farms from that corporate ban, allowing

Video: House Kills Tobacco Tax Increase, Increase Restrictions On E-Cigs

The House today had one of its most protracted debates of the session to date today. It was related to tobacco and e-cigarettes, and spread over three separate bills. HB1078 adds e-cigarettes to the state’s ban on tobacco sales to minors HB1186 adds e-cigarettes to prohibitions on sales of tobacco through direct-sale displays (meaning e-cigs

Ironic: Governor Dalrymple Gets Credit For Other People's Tax Cuts

The Cato Institute today released their analysis of gubernatorial performance on fiscal issues. North Dakota’s Jack Dalrymple got a pretty good grade, coming in 12th in the nation, though I’m not sure he deserves it. The full report from Cato is here. Here’s their summary of Dalrymple’s performance:   Dalrymple got a much lower grade

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