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North Dakota Isn't The Only State Plagued With Spend-Happy Republicans

“What courage really is is, in the face of having a surplus, when you have an opportunity to spend spend spend other people’s money, that you still choose to rein in government,” said Sarah Palin in 2012 in comments directed that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Those words came to mind as I read this

Shivani Accuses Critics Of Racism, Says University Presidents Don't Want Change

In a column for the Grand Forks Herald, Chancellor Hamid Shirvani takes the gloves off in responding to some of his critics. This is tough medicine a lot of North Dakotans – especially in the political class – aren’t going to want to hear. BISMARCK — It should come as no surprise to anyone who

Republican Legislative Leadership: We're Compassionate, Look At How Much Money We Spent!

In the Grand Forks Herald today House Majority Leader Al Carlson, and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, have a column outlining what they see as the highlights of the 2013 legislative session. It’s a little hard to read, what with the championing of phony-baloney property tax relief and aggressive spending, but this passage in particular

Board Of Higher Ed Approves Average 4.1% Tuition Hike

With a representative for the North Dakota Student Association arguing for the increases, as well as Sidney Hull the student member of the State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota’s students got hit with another heavy tuition increase. The average across all the universities is about 4.1%. Chancellor Shirvani opposed the increases which were proposed

North Dakota Is Way Out On A Limb On Higher Education

Michael Barone has a fantastic column today in National Review which contains a succinct timeline for America’s higher education bubble. What should be scary for North Dakotans is that the state’s approach to higher education is emblematic of every single one of these problems. For instance, Barone mentions the practice of packing campuses by giving

"It’s simply not true that all high-paying jobs require a college degree."

Back in December I posted about data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which showed that only one of the fastest-growing professions in America required a college degree. Today Forbes contributor Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry notes the same number, and suggests that the path to prosperity doesn’t have to lay through a college campus. And that jobs

North Dakota's Government Is Twice As Large As Minnesota's In Terms Of Gross State Product

Yesterday Governor Jack Dalrymple signed into law and praised income tax cuts that were twice as large as what he called for in his executive budget. In fact, had Dalrymple not budgeted for such tiny cuts to state income taxes, the state Senate wouldn’t have had the leverage to bully the House into slashing the

The Further You Get From North Dakota, The Poorer You Are

The headline is a little bit factious. We’re not talking about the further you are from from North Dakota anywhere in the world, but in the upper great plains region the further you get from the epicenter of the Bakken oil boom in western North Dakota the lower income levels go, and the higher unemployment

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