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Schafer Column: North Dakota Is No Stranger To Sequester-Style Budget Gimmicks

Schafer Column: North Dakota Is No Stranger To Sequester-Style Budget Gimmicks

The recent news articles about the National Park Service not being able to keep open the Painted Canyon Overlook at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a sure example of how government officials are trying to show the lowly citizens how wrong they are to demand a more affordable government. “We’ll show them they need

Feds Spend $30,500 On Portrait Of An Ag Secretary Who Served Less Than A Year

Former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer, a good friend of mine and some-time contributor to this blog, recently had his official portrait hung in Washington DC commemorating his time spent as the Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush. The cost? $30,500. For a cabinet member who served less than a year. Schafer himself,

Dorso Column: Why Does Higher Education Exist?

As I age I have more time to reflect on my time in the legislature. Time also has yielded new perspectives and a better understanding of the circumstances we had to deal with. What hasn’t changed in the last 10 plus years is my perception of higher education in North Dakota. On page 247 of

Guest Post: Don't Fix North Dakota's Oil Tax

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times By this, I am not suggesting extensive expertise of the oil industry nor how our state taxes it. Maybe that’s the problem? I am not sure many people understand oil taxes outside a select few who make or lobby for the rules. Those

North Dakota Democrats: Cutting Taxes Is "Radical" And "Reckless"

Senator Dwight Cook’s proposal for reform of oil extraction taxes has created some surprising bi-partisanship in criticism. Earlier this week former Governor Ed Schafer, who campaigned for reforming the state’s oil extraction tax during the 2011 session, was critical of Senator Cook’s proposal here on SAB. Schafer didn’t like that the bill raised taxes on

Schafer Column: Raising The Cost Of Oil Production In North Dakota Is A Bad Idea

I always find it interesting how Republican Senators can figure out ways to raise revenues when we have a huge surplus and don’t need the dough. Case in point, state Senator Dwight Cook’s proposal for oil tax reform. Here are some thoughts: The E&P companies will be required to withhold income taxes for royalty owners

Interview: Senator Dwight Cook Introduces Major Oil Tax Reforms

Today Senator Dwight Cook introduced SB2336 (not available online yet) proposing several major changes to North Dakota’s oil taxes. He took a few minutes to talk with me about the changes after a press conference with House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner announcing them. Here are the specifics of the

North Dakota's Oil Tax Must Be Fixed

The Bismarck Tribune sounds a note on energy taxation and regulation that legislators ought to heed: Although the state has become comfortable with surplus revenues from oil and gas (make that expectant of surpluses), the Legislature needs to take a methodical and well-reasoned approach to any long-term financial commitments. It’s not likely oil production will

Kent Conrad Will Earn $20,000 – $50,000 On Public Speaking Tour

The headline says Conrad will earn something in that price range for public speaking gigs now that his Senate career is (thankfully) over, but it seems unlikely to this observer that anyone would pay that much to Conrad say dry, obvious things about the nation’s finances. Conrad was a regular guest on the cable talk

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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