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File photo of Republican State Senator Tom Campbell (R-Grafton) in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

Government Facilities Should Serve the Public Not Politicians

Government Facilities Should Serve the Public Not Politicians

Yesterday, in an act of rank parochialism, a majority in North Dakota’s Senate voted down a resolution which would have studied the efficacy of one of our state’s 15 constitutionally-mandated public institutions. Specifically, the Life Skills and Training Center in Grafton which has a very large budget, a very large payroll, and not a lot

Senator Nicole Poolman (R-Bismarck) speaks in favor of her resolution to study the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton, ND.

Video: “People With Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Seen as a Means of Economic Development”

The floor debate today in the state Senate over  was probably one of the most frustrating spectacles I’ve seen to date in the 2017 legislative session. Governor Doug Burgum campaigned on a platform of reinventing state government. Making it more efficient. Finding a way for public servants to do more with less. What the Senate

Sue Foerster, Supt. at the Life Skills and Transition Center in Grafton. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Road to Efficient State Government Is Pitted With Potholes of Parochialism

North Dakota has a big budget problem resulting from lawmakers building huge spending increases on top of a oil-boom-era revenue tidal wave which was never going to last. But Governor Doug Burgum, who was elected to his first term in office in a landslide last year, has charged state leaders with looking beyond the current