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Proposed Family Leave Program Is Basically Corporate Welfare

Proposed Family Leave Program Is Basically Corporate Welfare

Before I make my argument, I should acknowledge that the business community in North Dakota has come out in opposition to HB1509. That proposal, introduced by state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (D-Fargo), would create a mandatory family leave program for employers with 50 or more employees. It would be administered by Workforce Safety and Insurance

Video: Senator Heidi Heitkamp Rips #TheResistance, Calls It a “Waste of My Time”

Here at the dawn of what could be a very, very tough re-election campaign Senator Heidi Heitkamp has been cozying up to the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. The impetus for said coziness is her support (seemingly at odds with her recent voting record) for regulatory reforms the business community wants. Because to win in

Jane Robbins: Common Core Proponents Mislead

Creators and proponents of the Common Core national K-12 standards have found themselves unexpectedly having to defend the standards against a nationwide firestorm of opposition. It wasn’t supposed to be this way — the standards were to be adopted and implemented under the radar and presented to gullible parents as a fait accompli. But the

Conservation Measure Proponents Get Laughs At Chamber Event

I’m at the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce policy summit today (I’ll be on a panel in the afternoon about state spending) and the first discussion was about the conservation measure which aims to divert 5 percent of oil extraction revenues to a fund for conservation (read: a lot of money). There were two supporters

North Dakota Chamber Of Commerce Begs Locals To Cut Property Taxes

When it comes to taxing and spending policy, there is no area causing North Dakotans more consternation than property taxes. Last year a group of conservative citizens put on the ballot a measure to abolish property taxes, but it was soundly defeated after a vicious attack campaign lead by the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce

The Medicaid Expansion Is Corporate Welfare

The ND House is set to vote later today on an expansion of North Dakota’s Medicaid program as called for by Obamacare. It’s a huge expansion, a 45% increase in the number of people enrolled, and neither the state nor the federal government can afford it. But it’s also corporate welfare as I point out

North Dakota Hasn't Caved To Obamacare Yet

News that Florida Governor Rick Scott, until this point a staunch opponent to Obamacare, capitulating on the expansion of Medicaid is frustrating. The Republican governors – including North Dakota’s own Jack Dalrymple – who are waving the white flag in this matter are taking a short-sighted view. Yes, the states will get federal dollars in

Expanding Medicaid In North Dakota Would Be Short Sighted

Governor Jack Dalrymple has broken ranks with Republican opponents of Obamacare nationally and slipped the expansion of Medicaid, called for in the Obamacare law, into his budget. Dalrymple’s case for the expansion? The federal government is paying for it (at least in the short term) and Dalrymple thinks that’s “no cost” money. Because we, uh,

Whatever Happened To The Freedom Of Association?

The North Dakota legislature is considering SB2252 which would add gays to the list of classes protected from discrimination under state law. If the law passes, it would be illegal for employers, lenders and landlords to discriminate based on sexual orientation. Religious organizations, however, get an exemption. Gay activists are testifying in favor of the

The Outdoor Heritage Fund Is A Bad Idea

I have a column in today’s Grand Forks Herald (also published in the Ashley Tribune, the Barnes County Independent, the Bowman County Pioneer and the North Dakota Free Press) about the proposed Outdoor Heritage Fund which would divert a portion of the state’s oil tax revenues into a fund for conservation. An excerpt: Conservation is