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Legislature Gets Another Bill To Toughen Petitioning Laws

Legislature Gets Another Bill To Toughen Petitioning Laws

Earlier this week I posted an interview with Rep. Keith Kepenich who has introduced a resolution to amend the state constitution adding a requirement that a constitutional measure put on the state ballot get signatures from at least half of the state’s counties in addition to the total number of signatures equaling 4% of the

Interview: Rep. Kempenich Talks About Reforms To Constitutional Measure Process

Last week I wrote about a proposed resolution to reform North Dakota’s process for putting a constitutional measure on the ballot through petition signatures. Currently petitioners need only collect a number of signatures equal to 4% of the state’s population as of the last census. Kempenich’s resolution, if approved by the legislature and the voters,

Legislator Proposes Bill Making Constitutional Petition Process Harder

There have been a lot of measures on North Dakota’s ballots over the last few years, and it appears as though one legislator wants to make the process a little harder. Rep. Keith Kempenich, a Republican from Bowman, ND, is proposing a bill that if passed would amend the state constitution to require that any

Is Economic Liberty Driving The World's Fertility Decline?

There was a moment in my childhood when I was terrified at the idea of overpopulation. I think I had caught a news item in school, or at home, about the earth’s growing population, and I was afraid that one day we’d run out of space. Out of food. Out of everything. There’d just be

Interview: ND State Rep. Proposes Two Year Suspension Of The State Income Tax

If there are two to priorities for the legislature, in the eyes of the general public, it is addressing needs created by the state’s fast-growing economy and population and using some of the state’s revenue windfall for tax relief. To that latter point, there are a number of proposals on the table for tax relief.

Let's Not Get Carried Away On Education Spending

For the first time in generations, North Dakota has a growing population. A booming population, in the western part of the state, and that means local officials are demanding more money for education. Some of the needs are real, though some are exaggerated. Case in point, after going into full-on alarmist mode about growing enrollment,

Why Does North Dakota Need A 25% Increase In Human Services Spending?

North Dakotans have become used to stories, in the past few years, extolling the state’s booming economy. North Dakota has some of the fastest growing employment numbers, and lowest unemployment rates. Personal incomes in North Dakota are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation. Yet, according to Governor Jack Dalrymple’s executive budget recommendations, we

Obama Predicted 5.2% Unemployment By December 2012

We got an abysmal jobs report today, but in the context of promises made by the Obama administration, it’s all the more grim. Via Jim Pethokoukis, this chart created by the Obama administration for their sales pitch for the stimulus spending spree shows what they expected the unemployment rate to be both with and without

We've Taxed The Rich, Now What?

I won’t tell you that the fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress yesterday was a good thing. I think going over the cliff would have been better for the country. The spending cuts in the sequestration were more meaningful, and the tax hikes were more broad. I don’t think we’re going to see an appetite

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