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Senator David Hogue (R-Minot) Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Groups Discussing an Initiated Measure to Create a Legacy Fund Loan Program for Infrastructure

Groups Discussing an Initiated Measure to Create a Legacy Fund Loan Program for Infrastructure

During their regular session earlier this year state lawmakers defeated a proposal, introduced by Senator David Hogue (R-Minot), which would have invested Legacy Fund dollars into an infrastructure loan program for local governments. The benefit would have been cheaper, faster financing for infrastructure projects, which saves tax dollars, but the Legacy Fund would have still

It’s Time to Raise the Gas Tax

It’s not often you’ll hear me argue in favor of raising taxes, but today’s editorial in the Grand Forks Herald makes a compelling case for raising the tax on fuel. “Since 1993, the motor vehicle gas tax has been stuck at 18.4 cents per gallon,” the paper opines. “That’s good when we stop at the local C-store

We Can Blame Cramer For The Farm Bill, But Not Heitkamp For Keystone?

Yesterday I was pretty critical of how Rep. Kevin Cramer was handling the farm bill. Instead of standing on principle and talking about the legions of problems with that bill – not the least of which is the fact that controversial food stamps spending comprises roughly 80% of the appropriations in it – he chose

In North Dakota, 68% Of Phone Lines Are Cell Phones

I knew the trend toward cell phones, and away from land lines, has been taking place for years now. But I had no idea that things had become this lopsided in North Dakota. According to numbers from the Public Service Commission, over 68% of phone lines in North Dakota are cell phones: The PSC says

The Solution To High Gas Prices Is Less Government, Not More

There’s a lot of consternation nationally about gas prices this spring, but that’s usually the case. As one of the most visible economic indicators in the market, it seems like gas prices are always making people gripe, especially when the inevitable summer price hikes come. This spring the angst seems particularly acute, especially in North

President Obama: I'll Work With Anyone As Long As They Agree With Me

“[J]ournalists fetishize centrism and deal making, and assume that the best of all possible legislation, regardless of its actual content, is the kind that has both parties’ fingerprints on it,” Ross Doutaht wrote for the New York Times last month. It’s exactly that fetish that President Obama is no-doubt pandering to when he says that

Dorso Column: Give Legislature Credit For Pro-Life Bills And Other Achievements

I haven’t reviewed all of the legislation that was passed this session but I think there are some remarkable achievements legislators should get credit for. The following list is not necessarily indicative of the importance of each issue but I think they are significant. First I believe putting the abortion issue in front of the

Senate Passes 324% Increase In Higher Ed Building Spending: "Enormous And Excessive"

The Senate passed SB2003 to fund the colleges. It was a massive bill, which Senator Joe Miller (R-Park River) called “enormous and excessive,” that includes a 12% increase in on-going spending on the universities and a 324% increase in building funds. Senator Ralph Kilzer objected especially to the building projects. “That really bothers me to

House Shoots Down Bill To Make Oil Tax Simplification Revenue-Neutral

In a state where revenues are running, in the current biennium, about 67% above last biennium we have no business raising taxes. But Democrats, joined by a number of Republicans, lead the charge to kill a half-cent decrease in the state’s oil extraction tax. The idea was to offset the tax increase resulting from the

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