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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley speaks with reporters after arguing in April in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 5-4 in South Dakota's favor, meaning more state tax revenue for South Dakota, North Dakota and other states. (Courtesy photo)

We Should Be Worried About What the Supreme Court’s Online Sales Tax Decision Does to the Interstate Commerce Clause

We Should Be Worried About What the Supreme Court’s Online Sales Tax Decision Does to the Interstate Commerce Clause

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down their precedent in Quill vs. North Dakota and ruled that it was legal for states to apply their sales tax to companies without a physical presence in their borders. In the Quill case, which had to do with a mail order business, the courts held that states

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (left) and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford stand outside the White House Thursday, June 8, 2017, before attending meetings on infrastructure. Video screenshot courtesy of the governor's office.

Governor Burgum Says He’d Send National Guard Troops to the Border if Asked

One element of the political posturing around the issue of President Donald Trump’s new zero tolerance policy at the southern border, which has resulted in the side effect of separating families in accordance with past court decisions, is that some Governors are withdrawing their state’s National Guard troops from border duty and vowing not to

The original site for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in Dickinson, N.D., is pictured in 2017. As of May 14, 2017, the project is moving away from Dickinson and will instead be set near Medora. (Sydney Mook / Forum News Service)

When Common Sense Trumps Parochialism North Dakota Wins

North Dakota is a state, not unlike many other states, where the politics of parochialism have led to a lot of bad decisions. Case in point, our state’s university system has no fewer than eight of its institutions mandated geographically in the state constitution. Not because locating institutions in communities across the state served the

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SBHE Member Kevin Melicher Is Out as Six Candidates Advance to Fill Vacancies

Kevin Melicher, who was appointed to the State Board of Higher Education by former Governor Jack Dalrymple, was never perceived as a strong pick. He embarrassed himself in front of a state Senate committee reviewing his appointment, and that appointment was only narrowly approved by a vote of the full chamber after a lengthy debate.

Gov. Doug Burgum, right, announces the formation of his Innovative Education Task Force during a press conference at the state Capitol on Tuesday in Bismarck. Also commenting on the task force were, from left, Nick Archuleta, of North Dakota United, Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, Sen. Donald Schaible, R-Mott, and Kirsten Baesler, state superintendent of public instruction. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

Burgum Education Summit Invitee Drops $10,000 Into Democrat Lawmaker’s Campaign Fund

Republican Governor Doug Burgum has had something of a rocky relationship with our state’s Republican-dominated Legislature which dates back to his 2016 gubernatorial campaign in which he campaigned against the “good old boys club” in Bismarck. The “good old boys” being the mostly Republican men (and women) elected to the Legislature. This has manifested itself

Podcast: Tax Commissioner Defends Income Tax Cuts, Lawmaker Says Governor’s Office Audit Is a “Witch Hunt”

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was on the radio show today and responded to a Grand Forks Herald editorial suggesting the state had gone too far in cutting income taxes. The editorial suggested that successive cuts to income tax rates starting during the 2009 session have narrowed the state’s tax base making us more dependent on

Josh Gallion, center, accepts the endorsement for state auditor at the North Dakota GOP Convention in Fargo on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Don’t Attack the State Auditor for Doing His Job

Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican member of the North Dakota Legislature from Minot, has ripped Auditor Josh Gallion in a letter to the editor. Gallion’s sin? Launching a review of travel expenses in Governor Doug Burgum’s office. “I don’t use this term lightly, but this is clearly a witch hunt,” Streyle claims. That’s not the

Gov. Doug Burgum dishes out high-fives during his visit with Fargo Lincoln Elementary fourth grade students on Tuesday, April 24. David Samson / Forum News Service

Why Can’t the North Dakota University System Be Satisfied With a 31 Percent Increase in Funding for a 7 Percent Increase in Students?

At a State Board of Higher Education meeting yesterday there was a lot of griping among some board members about Governor Doug Burgum’s suggested budget cut. Board Chair Don Morton sounded a different tone in an interview with me earlier this week (audio here). “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, adding that

Podcast: SBHE Chair Says Burgum’s Proposed Cuts to University Budgets Are Achievable, “We Will Live Within the Budget”

Superintendent Don Morton spoke about Governor Doug Burgum’s proposed 10 percent cuts to the North Dakota University System on the radio show today. “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, acknowledging that the universities “let programs grow” in the past which perhaps shouldn’t have. “I really like Doug’s approach,” Morton continued. “Let’s

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