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Dorso Column: Legislature Showers Money On A Dysfunctional University System

Dorso Column: Legislature Showers Money On A Dysfunctional University System

The only thing good about the way the legislature dealt with Higher Education was that they passed the constitutional revision. What gives me pause for consideration is, why shower money on a system that is best described as dysfunctional. If your children acted out the way the NDUS people did this legislative session would you

Dorso Column: Solve North Dakota's Spending Problem With Tax Cuts

The problem with governments and excess revenue is that there are a lot of people, bureaucrats, legislators and special interest groups who have “great ideas” on how to spend it. The real difficulty is that legislators have a problem saying no. It is immensely easier to agree with spending when you have a lot of

Dorso Column:House Seems Fed Up With Tobacco Agency

The 1998 tobacco settlement negotiated between the states and the big four tobacco companies was to have netted the 46 signatory states a minimum of 206 billion over 25 years. There were a number of agreements that went into the settlement not all of which sat well with the North Dakota legislature at that time.

Dorso Column: Things Change Quickly At The End Of The Legislative Session

The last few weeks of the legislative session are here. As the standing committees act on the last of the bills assigned to them we need to pay close attention. Amendments to Senate bills and vice versa can radically change a piece of legislation. As an example, a bill passed in the House goes over

Dorso Column: There's Still A Lot On The Plate For Legislators

There is still a lot of legislation to be debated in Bismarck. I doubt the abortion debate will moderate much over the next few months. I applaud the two men who have banded together, although of opposing views, to put the issues in front of the citizens of North Dakota. Once they have the Secy.

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Dorso Column: State Editorial Boards Are Hypocrites About Civil Discourse

I have to admit I read the editorials of the Grand Forks Herald, the Fargo Forum and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. My wife says I need to do that so I know what the other side is thinking. That certainly insinuates that I a conservative am not in sync with the editorial boards of these

Dorso Column: North Dakota Democrats Marginalize Themselves With Phony Oil Numbers

I had a chance to spend quite a bit of time with my friend who is a successfully retired oil man this week. As we were driving I asked about the future of oil exploration in North Dakota. He follows developments closely as he is still an investor in what he describes as plays on

Dorso Column: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fiscal Notes

As we get closer to the end of the session the citizens of North Dakota should know about fiscal notes. Fiscal notes are attached to bills being contemplated by the legislature whenever there may be a monetary impact from the proposed legislation. Fiscal notes are nothing more than an educated guess or estimate of the

Dorso Column: Reflecting On Important Issues In The Legislature

As usual the second half of the legislative session is when the more controversial legislation begins to get a lot of attention. This is as it should be and when the citizens should be paying attention. As was noted in SAB, bills and resolutions passed now are only the governor’s signature away from being enacted.

Dorso Column: Back To Work

The legislative assembly is back to work after crossover. The first bills most chairman of standing committees schedule for hearing are those that should find nearly universal support in committee. These bills need to be acted on and reported to the floor so there is something to do during the daily floor sessions. More controversial

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