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State Auditor Josh Gallion addresses a legislative committee in 2019

NDSCS President John Richman Owes the State Auditor an Apology

NDSCS President John Richman Owes the State Auditor an Apology

Earlier this year State Auditor Josh Gallion’s office dropped a report which detailed some unfortunate goings-on at the North Dakota State College of Science. Among the findings was that Vice President Tony Grindberg – a former Republican state Senator and current member of the Fargo City Commission – had failed to disclose a conflict of

State Rep. Rick Becker, a Republican from Bismarck and founder of the Legislature's Bastiat Caucus.

Is the Bizarre Political Situation in Alaska a Sign of Things to Come in North Dakota?

There are strange things happening in the State of Alaska. “A deep divide over budget cuts in Alaska has become so acrimonious that two feuding factions of legislators cannot even agree on where they are supposed to meet, the latest twist in what may be the nation’s oddest political climate,” The Hill reports. Republican Governor

North Dakota Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson John Hageman / Forum News Service

Lots of Eggs for Lots of Faces as Lawmakers Say They’ll Abandon Attacks on State Auditor’s Powers

Earlier this week state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion stating that legislation passed earlier this year to limit the powers of the state Auditor would likely be found to be unconstitutional if it were challenged in court. Now at least one legislative leader – Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, a Republican from Dickinson

State Auditor Josh Gallion

Attorney General: Legislature’s Limits on Auditor’s Authority Are Likely Unconstitutional

Earlier this year state lawmakers inserted last-minute language into the budget for the State Auditor’s Office which requires that the state Auditor come begging to the Legislature for permission to perform audits. That’s created a lot of controversy, including an effort to collect signatures to refer the legislation to the ballot box. Our current Auditor

State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. Bismarck Tribune photo

Legislative Leadership Flip Flops and Embraces Move to Gut State Auditor’s Powers

In the closing days of the 2019 legislative session an amendment was slipped into the budget for state Auditor Josh Gallion’s office. The amendment was approved by bipartisan majorities in both chambers – only a small faction of Republicans in the state House voted against it – and signed by Governor Doug Burgum. It forces

North Dakota State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler speaks to reporters on Wednesday, April 2, 2019, concerning a "family engagement cabinet." Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune

DPI Spokesman Calls State Auditor “Unprofessional” and “Ridiculous” While Defending School Bus Inspection Language on Website

Yesterday state Auditor Josh Gallion’s office released a report focusing on the Department of Public Instruction and school bus inspections. “State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released an audit of the North Dakota Highway Patrol which shows from July 2016 through June 2018, the agency was not following internal policies for school bus inspections, was inaccurately

State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck. 6-27-2018

Sean Foss: Lawmakers Can Tell the Auditor What to Do, but They Shouldn’t

This guest post was submitted by Fargo attorney Sean Foss. The recent dispute over the Legislature and Governor’s approval of restrictions on the State Auditor’s ability to perform performance audits has exposed numerous fault lines among our state’s leaders about who should have the ability to investigate and expose the potential misuse of public funds.

North Dakota State Auditor Josh Gallion, center, listens to Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, left, during a meeting at the state Capitol Monday, May 13, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

No, Senator Wardner, the Legislature Is Not in Charge of the Auditor

The American system of government is built around the concept of distributing the powers of government over multiple branches. At the state level its implementation can vary from one jurisdiction to the next, but that core concept persists wherever you go in the country. For good reason. It’s a solid concept, one requiring some degree

State Auditor Josh Gallion presents his Governor's Travel and Use of State Resources report to members of the Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review Committee on June 27, 2018, at the state Capitol in Bismarck.

Plain Talk: Auditor Says He Would Have Preferred Legislature Coming Back Into Session to Restore His Office’s Powers

Recently state Auditor Josh Gallion met with legislative leaders to discuss last-minute legislation jammed through at the recent session in Bismarck to diminish his office’s ability to perform performance audits. While that meeting seems to have produced a consensus that the legislation should have been subjected to a more thorough debate, Senate Majority Leader Rich

Gov. Doug Burgum talks about his vision for North Dakota on Thursday, April 19, 2018. David Samson / The Forum

Plain Talk: “Governor Burgum Has Proven Himself to Be a Member of the Good Old Boys Club”

Riley Kuntz is an organizer behind Audit the Swamp. A campaign which, among other things, aims to refer legislation limiting the state Auditor’s powers by requiring permission from a Legislative committee before performance audits can be conducted. Governor Doug Burgum signed that legislation into law, and Kuntz sees it as a repudiation of his 2016

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