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Plain Talk Podcast: Auditor Josh Gallion Talks About Excess Funds in State Agency Reserves, Sunday Closing Bill Debate Got Zany in the House

Plain Talk Podcast: Auditor Josh Gallion Talks About Excess Funds in State Agency Reserves, Sunday Closing Bill Debate Got Zany in the House

State Auditor Josh Gallion joined me on this episode of the Plain Talk podcast to talk about a report his office released detailing nearly $100 million in state funds tied up in state agency funds, despite those agencies getting appropriation increases amid overall budget cuts. I also talked about the debate over a bill to

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck John Hageman / Forum News Service

Bill Would Establish an Audit Department Tasked With Reviewing Government Agencies and Programs

Yesterday state Auditor Josh Gallion dropped a surprising report detailing money locked away in special funds by state agencies which continue to get general fund appropriation, with the recommendation that the legislature review these funds and consider putting some limits on these accumulations. I say it was a surprising report, because it’s not the sort

State Auditor Josh Gallion Bismarck Tribune photo

Audit Report Shows State Agencies Hoarding Tens of Millions in Special Funds, Tourism Department Fund Has 30 Years Worth of Reserves

A new report out from North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion indicates that state agencies are keeping tens of millions of dollars in reserve funds even as they take in new general fund appropriations from the legislature. “A performance audit issued today by the North Dakota Office of the State Auditor shows that approximately $97 million

Opponents and proponents of Measure 1 debate the proposal's efficacy at a Ch amber of Commerce event earlier this year.

State Auditor Josh Gallion: Oppose Measure 1

This guest post was submitted by state Auditor Josh Gallion I love North Dakota, our values, down to earth common-sense culture, and yes, even the weather.  Our founders established North Dakota with a constitution that allows up to 12 statewide elected officials who have limited authority and are directly accountable to the citizens.  This unique

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Podcast: Stephen Bannon Says Republicans Have “Broken the Back of This Blue Wave”

Former Trump campaign manager and chief strategist Stephen Bannon was on the radio show to talk about the midterms. Asked about recent polling showing Senator Heidi Heitkamp with a 16 point deficit to challenger Congressman Kevin Cramer, Bannon says the Kavanaugh fight made “the Trump base wake up to the importance of the moment.” He

Governor Doug Burgum

Read It: State Auditor Report Says Burgum Administration Has Misused State Aircraft

Earlier this year news broke that Auditor Josh Gallion was reviewing Governor Doug Burgum’s administration’s use of state aircraft. This has earned Gallion some attacks in the press and elsewhere, yet some preliminary reports (such as Lt. Governor Brent Sanford being flown across the state for a coin flip) sure seemed to indicate that there

Podcast: Tax Commissioner Defends Income Tax Cuts, Lawmaker Says Governor’s Office Audit Is a “Witch Hunt”

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger was on the radio show today and responded to a Grand Forks Herald editorial suggesting the state had gone too far in cutting income taxes. The editorial suggested that successive cuts to income tax rates starting during the 2009 session have narrowed the state’s tax base making us more dependent on

Josh Gallion, center, accepts the endorsement for state auditor at the North Dakota GOP Convention in Fargo on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Don’t Attack the State Auditor for Doing His Job

Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican member of the North Dakota Legislature from Minot, has ripped Auditor Josh Gallion in a letter to the editor. Gallion’s sin? Launching a review of travel expenses in Governor Doug Burgum’s office. “I don’t use this term lightly, but this is clearly a witch hunt,” Streyle claims. That’s not the

Gov. Doug Burgum speaks at a ceremony at the Alerus Center to welcome home members of the North Dakota National Guard. (Herald photo/Sam Easter)

Flying the Lt. Governor Across the State for a Coin Flip Sure Seems Like a Cavalier Use of Taxpayer Resources

Last year Governor Doug Burgum found himself mired in criticism from my self and others stemming from his decision to accept a roughly $40,000 trip to the Super Bowl paid for by Xcel Energy, one of the largest utilities operating in our state (Burgum paid his own travel expenses and ultimately reimbursed Xcel for the

Josh Gallion, center, accepts the endorsement for state auditor at the North Dakota GOP Convention in Fargo on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Auditor Josh Gallion Deserves Praise for Initiating Review of Governor’s Office After Super Bowl Controversy

Doing the right thing, even though it’s not a politically advantageous thing, is a rare quality in politics. So let’s give North Dakota Auditor Josh Gallion, a Republican elected in 2016, some credit for initiating a review of Governor Doug Burgum’s use of taxpayer resources after controversy over his travel to the Super Bowl. Burgum

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