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Kelly Schmidt: Government Should Encourage College Savings, Not Punish It

President Obama’s decision to back down on his plan to end 529 college savings plans is good news.  But middle class families and their elected officials shouldn’t let their guard down. Let’s be honest about what happened and why. As many Americans know, 529 plans allow families to save for their child’s education by putting

Audio: ND Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Responds To Controversy Over David Petraeus Visit

Last week the left-wing, anti-fossil fuel DeSmogBlog produced a story based on open records requests which was critical of North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt for hosting former CIA Director David Petraeus during a visit in North Dakota. The story alleges cronyism, stage-management of the visit by Petraeus’ current employer Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (a private equity

Anti-Oil Activists Accuse ND Treasurer Kelly Schmidt Of Collusion With Petraeus Firm

Recently former General and CIA Director David Petraeus visited North Dakota where he was hosted by state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt. During his visit he toured the oil fields and held an event with the North Dakota National Guard. His visit was coordinated with Treasurer Schmidt’s office by  Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a private equity firm that currently

North Dakota Has Billions Tucked Away In Funds, And Now Taxpayers Have A Place To Go To Learn About It

North Dakota gets a lot of attention for soaring tax revenues. In the last biennium, the state exceeded legislative projections for general fund revenues by nearly 50 percent, or about $1.7 billion. Already, just months into the 2013 – 2015 biennium, the state has already exceeded projections by $134 million. Compared to the previous biennium’s

Video: State Treasurer Says Lawrence Welk Home Purchase Shouldn't Happen

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks According to North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt, who appeared on Chris Berg’s Valley News Live program this evening, the controversial purchase of the Lawrence Welk homestead “sets a new precedent” for the state’s relationship with historic property. According to Schmidt, the state has never made such

Surprise: Now That Taxpayers Are On The Hook, Welk Homestead "Wishlist" Bloats Up To Millions

Today State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt – who sits on the State Historical Society Board as a part of her elected duties – writes for SAB about why she voted against the purchase of the Lawrence Welk homestead. The State Legislature appropriated $100,000 to the State Historical Society budget to purchase the Welk property; no funds were

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Schmidt Column: Why I Opposed State Purchase Of Lawrence Welk Homestead

As a member of the State Historical Board, I am often tasked with reconciling the emotional side of our responsibilities with the financial components of a decision.  The purchase of the Lawrence Welk Homestead was another example of that reconciling process. History is emotional.  My Grandpa Jack’s purple heart and My Grandpa Clement’s railroad watch