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North Dakota Posts The Second Fastest Year Of Economic Growth Ever Recorded

Not surprisingly, North Dakota’s economy was the fastest growing in the nation in 2012. The national average was 2.5%, and North Dakota’s GDP grew by 13.4%. But not only did North Dakota’s economy grow five times the national rate of growth, and twice it’s own 2011 rate of 7.2%, it grew four times faster than

Lunatics Running The Asylum: SBHE Buys Out Shirvani

Chancellor Hamid Shirvani will be leaving North Dakota’s university system after offering an ultimatum to the SBHE today: Either give him the backing he needs to govern the university system or buy out his contract. The board, which was probably headed toward canning Shirvani anyway, chose to buy him out. Shirvani is the second university

Did The IRS Promote Anti-Tea Party Bully?

One of the narratives the Obama administration has developed to spin the IRS scandal is one in which the targeting of conservatives was an activity not sanctioned officially at the IRS and carried out by a few rogue employees. Undermining that narrative is, among other things, the fact that one of the IRS employees involved

Half Of College Graduates Working Jobs That Don't Require Degrees

I graduated from high school a little over ten years ago, and what I remember of my discussions with teachers and guidance counselors about my career was that college was a necessity. Without it, I’d be doomed to a career of flipping burgers, but with it I’d slide easily into the path to prosperity. Of

Democrats: Kevin Cramer Isn't Hypocritical Enough To Be Like Kent Conrad

Rep. Kevin Cramer held a forum in Minot yesterday and got asked about budget matters. Rep. Cramer told citizens there that he actually agrees with some things former Senator Kent Conrad has said about entitlement reform: “The person that I have listened to, who has been most right on point, has been former senator Kent

Oil Patch Continues To Trump Population Numbers In North Dakota Sales Tax Collections

The annual sales tax report is out from Commissioner Cory Fong’s office (see below), and it’s got some pretty interesting numbers. Overall, in 2012 the State of North Dakota saw taxable sales grow an astonishing 28.7%, an increase of more than $5 billion from $25.29 billion to $19.6 billion. What’s interesting is that most of

Number Of Women As Top Household Earners Growing, Birth Rates Falling

According to a Pew study, women are becoming the top income earners in an increasing number of households. Part of that increase is due to an increase in single mother households – not a positive for our society – but what’s interesting is that the number of married women who are the top income earners

State Board Of Higher Education Wants Another Look At Tuition Increases

Last week the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved more tuition hikes for the state’s students, but now Board President Duaine Espegard wants a second look While I agree that the tuition hikes do need a second look – the state legislature increased total higher ed spending by 32% for the coming biennium

Not Enough Secret Service Personnel For White House Tours, But Plenty For A Party

The scandal-plagued Obama administration isn’t canceling plans for yet another star-studded party at the White House, despite canceling tours of the presidential residence earlier this year claiming sequester spending reductions made it mandatory. Later this month the President and First Lady will play host to Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Carole King and more: As part

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