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Dalrymple: Don't Look At My Property Tax Relief Bill As Though It Were Property Tax Relief

Dalrymple: Don't Look At My Property Tax Relief Bill As Though It Were Property Tax Relief

I missed this last week while I was traveling, but I thought this report about Governor Jack Dalrymple testifying in favor of his property tax relief bill from T.J. Jerke of the Grand Forks Herald was interesting: Dalrymple said the bill “achieves substantial property tax relief” although it should not be seen as a property

No More Second Chances For The North Dakota University System

In declaring the controversy over an office in the new North Dakota University System IT building over, the Grand Forks Herald’s editorial board hopes the NDUS “makes the most of its second chance.” Here’s a question: How many second chances are we going to give the university system? They got a second chance after ordering

The Outdoor Heritage Fund Is A Bad Idea

I have a column in today’s Grand Forks Herald (also published in the Ashley Tribune, the Barnes County Independent, the Bowman County Pioneer and the North Dakota Free Press) about the proposed Outdoor Heritage Fund which would divert a portion of the state’s oil tax revenues into a fund for conservation. An excerpt: Conservation is

Grand Forks Herald: Tax Cuts Are A "Libertarian Extreme"

It seems the editorial page at the Grand Forks Herald has become more and more shrill in its denunciations of limited government ideals. Though the Herald has always been to the left of the average North Dakota voter, normally the editorials can be counted to be above the sort of name-calling and invective displayed in

Grand Forks Herald: Please Pay No Attention To The Student Loan Bubble

When the higher education/student loan bubble pops, the folks at the Grand Forks Herald should be indicted (figuratively, not literally) as co-conspirators. Because despite a report illustrating the bubble perfectly, despite a report in their own paper showing that student loan debt has exploded even as the degrees students are purchasing have fallen in power,

North Dakota Student Loan Debt Has Increased 125% At NDSU, UND

According to the Grand Forks Herald, student loan debt accumulation has increased dramatically over the last decade: In the 2010-2012 school year, undergraduate and graduate students at UND and North Dakota State University borrowed an average of $7,855 in a year, according to the university system report released Friday. That’s up 125 percent over the

Aircraft Management Bill Amended To End University System Exemption

During the interim between the 2011 legislative session and the current one it seemed legislators were ready to crack down on the abuse of private airplanes by the university system. Legislators chastised NDSU for overspending on the plane they own for the use of university officials, noting that the university (which, ironically enough, has largely

With Filibuster Vote Heitkamp Proves To Be A Loyal, Bought-Off Partisan

So much for Heidi Heitkamp’s self-described “independence.” The candidate campaigned on being anything but a loyal liberal partisan, but in her first big test Heitkamp did exactly what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told her to. The Grand Forks Herald is full of praise for Heitkamp today for not voting to gut the filibuster, and

No Taxpayer Dollars For Private University Foundations

Yesterday the legislature heard from the alumni of several of the state’s universities speaking in favor of legislation providing matching tax dollars for contributions made to the university foundations. “House Bill 1204 would contribute $1 from the state for every $2 generated by the foundations,” reports the Grand Forks Herald. “There would be a cap

2013 NDSU Airplane Lobbying Efforts Tally: $21,653

Despite legislative expectations that NDSU would be selling their airplane, they haven’t yet and instead are using it to fly back and forth to Bismarck to lobby legislators for bigger budgets. NDSU officials routinely complain that their university is underfunded, but that’s a little hard to buy given how much money they spend on private

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