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John Andrist: Why Don't Universities Play By The Rules?

John Andrist: Why Don't Universities Play By The Rules?

One of the hit songs from the Broadway musical, “My Fair Lady”, was a whimsical lament, “Why can’t a lady be like a man?” My question this week is, “Why can’t our university system play by the rules”. Just this past week came new allegations that the University System fired an employee/attorney for blowing the

Legislative Republicans Announce $800 Million In "Surge" Funding For Oil Patch

Earlier this year Democrats were making a stink about needing a special legislative session to address needs in western North Dakota. That part of the state is dealing with explosive growth in industry, commerce and population. Democrats argued that a special session was needed to appropriate funds to those needs. Ultimately that idea was rejected

North Dakota District Conventions: Districts 1 and 2 Williston and Williams, Burke, and Divide County Area Guide

This post is the last of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 1 and 2 Click on a District number above for

ND Senate Passes Regrettable Outdoor Heritage Bill

The North Dakota Senate today passed a bill to create an “outdoor heritage” fund. As amended, the bill puts a portion of oil tax revenues (capped at $15 million per year and $30 million per biennium) into a fund managed by the State Industrial Board with advice from a board of appointees from various special

ND Senate Bails Out Public Worker Pensions, But Authorizes Study For Move To Defined Contribution Plans

In his speech carrying SB2059 to the floor, Senator Dick Dever noted an alarming fact that I’ve written about before here on SAB: North Dakota’s public employee pension system, PERS, has fallen to being only 67.4% funded. In 2011 the fund was 70.5% funded, and not so many years ago the fund was 104% funded.