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Dalrymple Surrogate Blames The Legislature For Spending Boom

Dalrymple Surrogate Blames The Legislature For Spending Boom

When you work in the criticism industry – and, let’s face it, that’s pretty much what this is – you can usually tell you’re hitting home on a topic when those you’re aiming at start firing back. As my war veteran father says, you get the most flak when you’re over the target. So when

John Olsrud: Does It Matter What Voters Had To Say On The Oil Extraction Tax?

In Susan Wefald’s book, Important Voices; North Dakota’s Women Elected State Officials Share Their Stories 1893-2013, she writes that when she was elected to the North Dakota Public Service Commission, she realized from the beginning that it was not her job to look after the large companies who came before the PSC, as they had

North Dakota Democrats Thought "Doomsday" Oil Tax Reform Was A Good Idea In 2011

Democrats emptied their rhetorical silos today on a proposal from Republicans to eliminate a looming oil tax trigger replacing it with a lower overall tax rate. They didn’t skimp on the hyperbole either, using words like “doomsday” and “nightmare.” But what if I told you that a 2011 bill sponsored entirely by Democrats, including House Minority

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What North Dakota Democrats Aren't Telling You About Oil Tax Revenues

During the 2013 legislative session, when lawmakers were debating a proposal to eliminate triggers and exemptions in the state oil tax and replace them with a lower overall rate, Democrats rushed to the media with scary numbers about lost revenues. But it turned out the numbers they were using were cooked. No doubt hoping that

North Dakota Legislature Passes Bill Giving Students Some Due Process Rights

The last time I wrote about SB2150, a bill giving students the right to involve an attorney in some university disciplinary proceedings, the North Dakota University System was still fighting hard to water it down. They wanted remove from the bill language allowing for lawyers representing students to cross examine witnesses testifying against their clients.

James Kerian: Three Cheers For The North Dakota House

Conservatives are not typically very good at expressing gratitude to elected officials.  Our constant task is to limit the amount of money and control that is placed in their hands.  We’re constantly forced to remind forgetful liberals that our legislators are no more immune to greed (or any other vice) than those of us in

Video: House Passes Oil Tax Trigger Reform

This morning the House Finance and Taxation Committee heard testimony on HB1476, which would eliminate the looming “big trigger” oil tax exemption and replace it with a flat and permanent 4.5 percent extraction tax. The committee kicked it out with a party-line 10-4 “do pass” recommendation, and the full House got a vote on it

ND Democrats Fighting Oil Tax Reform Should Take A Lesson From Kent Conrad

In the House Finance and Taxation committee today there is heated testimony over a delayed bill to eliminate a tax exemption triggered by low oil prices which could cost the state billions of revenues in the next biennium. Currently a 100 percent exemption to the state’s 6.5 percent extraction tax is on pace to trigger

Minnesota Is Losing Its Young People, And North Dakota Is Gaining Them

For a long time North Dakota had a serious problem with outmigration. Our young people were leaving the state to find opportunity elsewhere, very often in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The result was an aging, shrinking state population. But in recent years that trend has reversed. Not only has North Dakota’s population been one, if not the,

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