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Dustin Gawrylow: Special Session Finishes Kicking the Can Down the Road

Dustin Gawrylow: Special Session Finishes Kicking the Can Down the Road

This week’s special session was intended to be dull and boring with few surprises allowed to happen. Sure, there was the typical Democratic complaints that the cuts went too far. Democrats actually had a point about Republicans foolishly refusing to find a way to shift $29 million back to human services in order to receive

The Real Drama of the Legislature’s Special Session Starts Tomorrow in the House

For those of you who haven’t been following along, here’s what’s happened in North Dakota’s special legislative session so far: Two bills, one Republican and one from Democrats, to delay the construction of the new governor’s residence failed in the Delayed Bills Committee The Republican bill to fix the budget shortfall – one backed by Governor

Did The House Just Pass An Early Childhood Education Bill Or Daycare Subsidies?

The House had a lengthy debate this morning about SB2151 which would provide subsidies for early childhood education programs around the state. The bill was interesting because, as it was originally introduced, it set up a sort of voucher program for preschool. Parents choosing a preschool program would get for their child a voucher to

Video: North Dakota House Approves Bill Giving Legislature Control Over Tuition

The North Dakota House today debated HB1303. It was introduced by Rep. Kim Koppelman (R-West Fargo), and it would take authority for setting tuition away from the State Board of Higher Education and give it back to the Legislature. About a week ago I wrote about how the university system uses tuition as a political

On Television: School Choice, NDUS Hypocrisy And Guns In Schools

Here’s the video from my weekly segment with Chris Berg on Valley News Live from last night. It’s split into two segments as Rep. Mark Dosch (R-Bismarck) was supposed to be on to discuss school choice in the first segment but due to technical difficulties didn’t make it until the second. So I ended up

ND Lawmakers Push Pledge Including Effort To Reduce/Eliminate Income Taxes

This morning a group of conservative North Dakota lawmakers announced a pledge they signed to promote conservative policy reforms. “Over the last decade, we Republicans have overseen an exponential growth in state spending, and we feel now is the time for our party to take the lead to ensure the direction of the state’s finance

Higher Ed Board President Kirsten Diederich Pretty Much Lied To Legislators

Back in April I wrote that lawmakers were going to be reviewing a deal struck between the North Dakota University System and Sanford Health Care to take over a nursing college in Bismarck. The deal was controversial, with North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani finalizing the deal before the State Board of Higher Education

Fargo School District To Spend Taxpayer Dollars Fighting School Choice, Protecting Common Core

Over at Watchdog I have an article up today about the Fargo Public School District (yes, the people who threatened to lower education quality after voters shot down property tax levy measure) vowing to lobby against school choice legislation and to protect Common Core. I’ve written pretty extensively about how ugly the Common Core issue

North Dakota District Conventions: Bismarck Area Guide

This post is part of a continuing series highlighting the potential state legislative candidates from each district for their party’s nomination. For more information on this series, refer to the “SAB’s Guide To North Dakota District Conventions: A Government Of People Who Show Up” post. The Districts: 7, 30, 32, 35, and 47 Click on a

Legislator: "Shame" That Tribes Won't Commit To Spending Oil Tax Money On Improving Reservation

The House had a hot debate over oil taxes this evening, but it wasn’t just about a reduction in the rate for the oil extraction tax (more on that here). The primary purpose of HB1234 was to establish the state’s oil revenue sharing with the tribes. It’s appropriate that tribal governments get a share of