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Breaking Campaign Promise, Governor Doug Burgum Signs $10 Million Tax Hike

Breaking Campaign Promise, Governor Doug Burgum Signs $10 Million Tax Hike

Last year during his campaign Governor Doug Burgum promised, by signing a pledge, that he would “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes or user fees.” “It is important that voters know unequivocally that as governor I will never raise taxes,” Burgum said in a press statement following the signing of a

Governor Doug Burgum opens North Dakota's 65th legislative assembly TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Video: House Members Laugh as They Vote Down “Dollar Doug” Amendment

“The Dollar Doug idea sure got stomped in the House,” a legislative observer texted me yesterday evening. The “Dollar Doug” thing is what some are calling the amendment to HB1001 which would reduce Governor Doug Burgum’s salary to just $1 per year, formulated in such a way so that whoever might take over after Burgum

New North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum speaks with cabinet members on his first day of office.

Will Governor Doug Burgum Sign a Bill Instituting a $10 Million Tax Hike on Phone Lines?

Not once but twice during his campaign last year Governor Doug Burgum signed pledges to oppose increases in the state’s taxes and fees. In March Burgum signed a pledge circulated by a group of NDGOP district leaders which stated that he would “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes or user fees.”

A plaque dedicating the parking meter to Howard Henry that was donated from the city of Minot. The parking meter represents Henry's fight to get the meters banned from North Dakota. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

North Dakota Lawmakers Missed an Opportunity in Declining to Roll Back Parking Meter Ban

According to this report from John Hageman the fight in the Legislature over North Dakota’s statewide parking ban – the only such policy in America – is finally dead. Governor Doug Burgum, who was behind legislation to repeal the ban, said he was “disappointed that we’ve missed an overdue opportunity to restore a small, missing

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum John Hageman / Forum News Service

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum: The Feds Should Decriminalize Marijuana

Because the initiated measure process is an awful way to make public policy, North Dakota voters last year cast their ballots in favor of a measure to legalize medical marijuana which didn’t actually decriminalize medical marijuana. So lawmakers had to fix the measure, and their completed bill was signed by Governor Doug Burgum today. What’s

Rep. Mary Schneider, a Democrat from Fargo, reads prepared insults aimed at Rep. Chris Olson, the sponsor of legislation aimed at studying refugee resettlement.

Governor Doug Burgum Says Yes to Studying Refugee Resettlement

Despite a lot of overheated rhetoric from the left about it the Legislature has passed, and now Governor Doug Burgum has signed, a bill to study refugee resettlement in North Dakota. “It requests a legislative study of various aspects of refugee resettlement in North Dakota, ranging from any effect refugees have on wages or working

Governor Doug Burgum The Forum

Poll Says Doug Burgum Is Third Most Popular Governor in America, Hoeven and Heitkamp Also Get Strong Numbers

According to a poll by Morning Consult, North Dakota’s Doug Burgum is the third most popular governor in America. In polling conducted from January to March of 2017, Burgum put up a 69 percent approval rating with just 16 percent saying they disapprove. That’s up significantly from the 53 percent approval Governor Jack Dalrymple got

A drilling rig is pictured near Lake Sakakawea near New Town, N.D., on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Some fear that uncertainty about who owns the minerals under the lake will deter oil development in the area. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

North Dakota Shouldn’t Be in the Business of Expropriation

“House approves Missouri River mineral leasing bill estimated to cost $187 million,” reads this headline. That’s more than a little misleading. There is no “cost’ here. What the bill in question does is stop the state from seizing mineral rights which currently belong to private people. Saying there’s a cost to that is like saying you

Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) speaks on the floor of the state House of Representatives in 2015. TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

Democrats Are Right to Worry About Property Tax Hike

Back during his gubernatorial campaign last year Rep. Marvin Nelson (D-Rolla) warned that the state’s budget problems could result in property tax hikes. “[T]his is shaping up to be one of the largest property tax increases that people are ever going to be able to remember in history,” he said almost a year ago. “Everyone


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