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

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

Despite Booming Economy, North Dakota Human Services Budget Breaks Record

North Dakota has one of the healthiest economies in the nation – the unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation, and personal incomes are growing the fastest in the nation – but you couldn’t tell that from the growth in the state’s Human Services budget. At the beginning of the legislative session I pointed

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Governor Jack Dalrymple Signs Obamacare Expansion Of Medicaid Into Law

There was no question that he was going to sign it – Governor Jack Dalrymple slipped the expansion into his Human Services budget before the legislative session even began – but it’s depressing to see it happen none-the-less. BISMARCK — Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation to expand Medicaid to cover more uninsured residents

The Sequester's Impact On The States Is An Argument For Federalism

The fear mongering over what are, really, rather small reductions in federal spending as a result of the spending sequester have been entertaining. The histrionics from proponents of ever more expansive government budgets betray, I think, their fear that we might reduce spending without any major hiccups in our day-to-day lives. If you want people

When A $93.4 Million Spending Increase Is "Just Something That Happens"

This morning I tuned into the floor session in the North Dakota House to watch the debate of HB1012, the Department of Health and Human Services budget. I had thought a part of that bill would be the state’s Medicaid expansion, but apparently that portion of the bill has been peeled off for an up

Gay Couple Denied Family Golfing Pass By Fargo Park Board

Sigh… FARGO – A Fargo gay couple legally married in another state says they may shoot for birdies elsewhere after being denied a discounted family pass to the city’s public golf courses. Katy Kjelvik and her wife, Steph Rindy, who were legally married in Iowa in 2011, were told Tuesday that they can’t receive a

Obamcare Would Increased North Dakota Medicaid Enrollment By 46%

Nothing says “solving the health care crisis” like hearing more people onto government health care. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has begun to cave on Obamacare. In addition to hinting that North Dakota might be willing to deploy one of the law’s health care exchanges through a state/federal partnership, Dalrymple has also put the law’s

RINO Of The Week: Governor Jack Dalrymple

During North Dakota’s last legislative session I began a weekly post highlighting a Republican legislator who had further distanced himself/herself from what are supposed to be the conservative, limited government ideals of the party. The postings proved more popular than I expected. I began to get nominations from legislators in Bismarck, and I’m told that

Dalrymple Slips Obamacare Implementation Into Budget

There are two aspects of Obamacare that are optional for the states. One is the creation of the health care exchanges, which are the instrument through which the government will control the insurance market. The states can either implement their own exchange (which the federal government must approve), partner with the feds on an exchange

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