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North Dakota Flagged As State Not Submitting Mental Health Records For Background Checks

North Dakota Flagged As State Not Submitting Mental Health Records For Background Checks

The Great Falls Tribune notes some data from the anti-gun Mayors Against Illegal Guns (NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group) which indicates that five states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming – have flagged only 13 people who would be disqualified from owning guns (via Aaron Flint): WASHINGTON — Only 13 people in

Study Finds North Dakota Is The "Freest" State In The Union

According to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, North Dakota is the freest state in the nation: The “Freedom in the 50 States” study measured economic and personal freedom using a wide range of criteria, including tax rates, government spending and debt, regulatory burdens, and state laws covering land use, union organizing, gun control, education choice

Guest Post: North Dakota's Overbuilt Hotel Industry A Separate Conversation From Permanent Housing

Recently, I read an article on SayAnythingBlog.com that was full of consternation over whether North Dakota is inflating its own “housing bubble” via the Housing Incentive Fund (HIF). The article cited a story about the number of hotels in Minot and worried that supply for all types of housing would soon outstrip demand. North Dakota

Obama: "We don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt"

We didn’t need President Obama to tell us this directly. The fiscally seriousness budget Senate Democrats have released, and the White House has endorsed tells us how lightly Democrats take our national debt problems. The budget increases spending by $2.1 trillion over the next decade and raises taxes by $1.5 trillion. But hearing the President

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Heitkamp Is Right: North Dakota Needs Another Census

In April of last year I wrote that North Dakota needs to do another census. Population in western North Dakota is growing too fast for a once-a-decade count to be worth much of anything. Now Senator Heidi Heitkamp is calling for the same thing: Shirley Meyer, the western area director for Heitkamp and a former

Even As Unemployment Rate Falls, Americans Still Not Going Back To Work

The unemployment rate fell slightly today, and superficially that’s good politically for President Obama and Democrats. In terms of what’s actually happening in the labor markets, however, it’s not such great news. We still have a major gap between reality and what President Obama promised in his stimulus plan: The labor force participation rate continues

In The Legislature, A Debate Over Direct Democracy Versus Representative Democracy

Today the House Judiciary Committee played host to a packed room full of people testifying on HCR3011 which would, if passed by the legislature and approved by voters, amend the state constitution to put some limits on the initiated measure process. Here are the changes proposed: * Measures with more than a $20 million fiscal

Williston's Lame Response To Credit Rating Downgrade

For some time now we here at SAB have been pointing out the City of Williston’s poor spending priorities (latest post here). In the midst of an oil boom, with the local economy and population growing faster than the city could keep up with, city leaders backed and got approved a 1% sales tax increase…for

Fracking Stops Unwanted Pregnancies

No, you’re not reading the headline wrong, that’s really the conclusion of the Guttmacher Institute: With only one Planned Parenthood facility in the entire state and 75 percent of the population living in counties with no abortion provider, North Dakota’s teen pregnancy measures seem an unlikely cause. With the influx of young men to the

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With Pension Fund Only 49% Funded, City Of Minot Considering Defined Contribution Plans

All over the country, defined benefits pension plans are crumbling. Public sector plans for state and municipal workers are under water. Federal pension plans are under water. Even Social Security, which is little more than a sort of universal, defined-benefits pension plan is under water. And the fundamental problem with each of those plans is