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State Sales Tax Revenues Miss Forecast by More Than $40 Million in January

State Sales Tax Revenues Miss Forecast by More Than $40 Million in January

North Dakota keeps revising its revenue forecasts down, and actual revenue collections keep coming in even lower. It’s a reality that’s complicating the Legislature’s efforts to budget for the next biennium. While revenue collections are still coming in ahead of pre-oil boom levels, biennium to date, nobody seems certain about where the floor is for

Brandon Muhs, front, of Fargo, North Dakota, pushes a dolly cart with boxes containing petition signatures into the Secretary of State's office on Monday, July 11, 2016, for a medical marijuana initiative for consideration on the November ballot. Initiative committee chairman Rilie Ray Morgan, second from right, and his wife, Rita, far right, also of Fargo, were among a group of supporters gathering at the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D.. Photo by Mike McCleary/Bismarck Tribune

The Initiated Measure Process Has Not Served North Dakota Well

Today the Bismarck Tribune editorializes against a push by lawmakers a bill creating a commission tasked with reviewing our state’s initiated measure process (it passed in the state Senate this week), “The initiated measure process has served North Dakota well and the Legislature should tread lightly when considering changing it,” the paper writes. Only, that’s not

Shane Goettle, a member of the committee sponsoring Marsy's Law, speaks at a press conference in the state capitol. TOM STROMME/Tribune

It’s Time to Take Marsy’s Law to Court

Last year the voters approved Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment which will supposedly make our legal system more just by giving victims and their families rights. Nearly every facet of our state’s legal community – from cops to prosecutors to defense attorneys to judges – opposed the ballot measure arguing that it could create real headaches for

Police and protestors scuffle Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, north of Cannon Ball. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

The Dakota Access Pipeline Company Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the #NoDAPL Movement’s Mayhem

Back in November I interviewed Kelcy Warren. Warren is the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company which has been trying to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. During that interview Warren told me that his company would consider reimbursing North Dakota for the costs incurred by the state responding to the often unlawful and often

The UND Class of 2016 looks around as graduates process in for commencement Saturday at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The University System Isn’t Meant to Be an Employment Program for Professors and Bureaucrats

This letter to the editor in the Grand Forks Herald today is an unfortunate example of why higher education can often be its own worst enemy. The missive, written by University of North Dakota Professor Marcus Weaver-Hightower, takes a haughty and belittling tone in response to critics of policies like tuition waivers used to attract out

State Senator Scott Meyer carries SB2135 on the Senate floor.

Video: State Senate Passes Legislation Creating Commission to Review Initiated Measure Process

Today the Senate, on a 38-8 vote, passed SB2135 which creates a commission during the 2017-2019 legislative interim to review the initiated measure process and determine if any changes need to be made with it. The commission would be funded with a $25,000 appropriation and would be made up of the North Dakota Chamber of

Republicans Should Adopt Changes to Medical Marijuana Legislation Proposed by Democrats

In November our state’s voters approved a ballot measure which everyone thought would give citizens legal access to medical marijuana. In reality the ballot measure was such a poorly-written mess – a shining example of the stupidity of legislating at the ballot box – that it didn’t even actually decriminalize medical marijuana. Left to stand,

Abandoned property used by people who temporarily occupied the Oceti Sakowin camp to protest the Dakota Access pipeline is piled in front of Dumpsters headed to the landfill. A massive cleanup is intended to prepare for possible spring flooding and prevent contamination. LAUREN DONOVAN / BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Video: This Is How Disgusting the #NoDAPL Camps Have Become

Earlier today I wrote a post about the struggle to address the hundreds of abandoned cars at the #NoDAPL camps. With spring weather in the forecast for at least the next week or so flooding (which state and local officials have been warning about for months now) is becoming a major concern. Now this video

Veterans march with activists near Backwater Bridge just outside the Oceti Sakowin camp during a snow fall as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline adjacent to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

#NoDAPL Veterans, Including Movement Co-Founder, Busted for Drugs

Despite the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s call for protesters to close down camps, not to mention the looming completion of the pipeline itself, a left wing veterans group called Veterans Stand has been raising money to “deploy” activists to North Dakota again. Now, in two separate instances on two different days, members of what is


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