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Are Free License Plates a Good Way to Reward North Dakota’s Volunteer First Responders?

Are Free License Plates a Good Way to Reward North Dakota’s Volunteer First Responders?

On the November ballot North Dakota voters will be asked to decide the fate of Measure 4 which, if passed, would allow volunteer first responders to get a special license plate for their vehicles for free. This plate would also entitle them to free entrance to state parks. Here’s the full text of the measure:

Audio: Vaping Advocate Blasts Measure 4, Says “Modern Tobacco Prevention Is About Puritanism”

In November the voters here in North Dakota will decide the fate of Measure 4, a massive 400 percent tax increase on cigarettes and a similarly large hike in taxes on tobacco products. And lumped into the definition of tobacco products? Vaping products. [mks_pullquote align=”right” width=”300″ size=”24″ bg_color=”#ffffff” txt_color=”#000000″]”Modern tobacco prevention is about puritanism,” he

Audio: Cass County States Attorney Says Marsy’s Law the Idea of a “Rather Eccentric Billionaire”

Cass County States Attorney Birch Burdick joined me on my radio show today to talk about Marsy’s Law, also known as Measure 3 on your November ballot. I had intended this segment to be a debate between the two sides of the issue, but the Marsy’s Law proponents declined to participate. I’m told they’ve been

Audio: Measure 4 Opponent Says Cigarette Tax a Bad Way to Fund Veterans

One of the selling points of Measure 4 on the November ballot, which would hike taxes on cigarettes in North Dakota by 400 percent, is that some of the funding would go to veterans. In fact, per the fiscal impact statement for Measure 4 released by the Secretary of State’s office, if passed the measure

LaFaive and Nesbit: There Will Be Harsh Consequences for Raising North Dakota’s Tobacco Tax

The Nov. 8 North Dakota ballot initiative to raise cigarette excise taxes by 400 percent will — if adopted — increase cigarette smuggling and cause other unintended consequences. We have studied cigarette evasion and avoidance (what we call “smuggling”) around the United States for a decade and have developed a statistical tool for measuring the

House Passes Amendment Forcing "Major" Spending Measures To General Election Ballot

In 2014 one of the eight (!!!) ballot measures North Dakotans voted on was Measure 4, a constitutional amendment passed by the Legislature which did two things. First, it required that measures with a significant fiscal impact be placed on the general election ballot. Second, it prohibited constitutional amendments which would require the legislature to

State House Resurrects Amendment On Expensive Ballot Measures

On election day 2014 the North Dakota delivered a bloodbath for eight measures on the statewide ballot. All but one of them failed, including Measure 4 which would have amended the state constitution to require a) that measures with a “significant” cost in tax dollars go on the general election ballot and b) constitutional amendments

LegitSlater: 2014 Mid Term Election Reflection

It’s finally over. The ads have grown annoying, even for the candidates and measures I support. I am worn out from debating the issues in this election. I can only imagine how the candidates and committees feel as they have been living it for the past several months. As I write this (it’s Tuesday night,

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