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Dorso Column: A Breather At Crossover

Dorso Column: A Breather At Crossover

Crossover is a very stressful time for many legislators. Leadership and standing committee chairs feel the pressure of making the deadline. Legislation that has been held in committee waiting for a compromise to emerge or amendments agreed to must be reported to the floor. There are deadlines leading up to crossover that, if met, make

Dorso Column: On Civility In Politics

Today I wasn’t on the water. I found time to get IHEART Radio on my I Pad so I could listen to KFYR. It was interesting listening to former state Senator Heitkamp discuss the issues. Joel certainly knows how the process works as his interview with newly elected Senator Sinner illustrated. What I found intriguing

Dorso Column: North Dakota's Higher Ed Problems May Lay In K-12 Education

I agree with Rob that there is a better governance model for higher education in North Dakota. However, I don’t think it is entirely the systems fault that a college diploma is so expensive. There are some solutions for the current state of affairs but we must look below the surface. If the legislature wants

Dorso Column: Why Does Higher Education Exist?

As I age I have more time to reflect on my time in the legislature. Time also has yielded new perspectives and a better understanding of the circumstances we had to deal with. What hasn’t changed in the last 10 plus years is my perception of higher education in North Dakota. On page 247 of

Dorso Column: The Legislature Is In The Swing Of Things Now

Your legislators are in to the swing of things now. There are 468 House bills and 375 Senate bills which will have to be dealt with. There is always the possibility of delayed bills being introduced after the deadlines the House and Senate have imposed on themselves, but that shouldn’t be a significant number. As

Dorso Column: Balancing Property Tax Relief With Income Tax Relief

We now have two major tax initiatives in front of the legislature. SB2037 is the property tax relief bill proposed by the Governor which perpetuates the state’s buy-downs of local property taxes which have had very little effect on keeping property taxes down. Of course, supporters of the bill mightargue that without the general fund

Dorso Column: What Was Blue Cross Thinking?

What are they thinking? BCBS of ND hires a Democrat, Paul von Ebers as their CEO.  That wouldn’t bother most but then he hires Denise Kolpack a known Democrat operative, and former campaign manager for North Dakota’s junior Senator Heidi Heitkamp, as Chief of Staff.   Even that might be passed over as a legitimate move

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