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ND Senate Passes Regrettable Outdoor Heritage Bill

ND Senate Passes Regrettable Outdoor Heritage Bill

The North Dakota Senate today passed a bill to create an “outdoor heritage” fund. As amended, the bill puts a portion of oil tax revenues (capped at $15 million per year and $30 million per biennium) into a fund managed by the State Industrial Board with advice from a board of appointees from various special

Obama Pushing Banks To Make Subprime Loans Again

“Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit,” reads the Washington Post headline. Because it worked out so well the last time we did that. The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say

A Modest Proposal: Let's Get Rid Of The North Dakota Senate

“The North Dakota Senate is where good ideas go to die,” a member of the state House Republican caucus told me. The sentiment isn’t surprising. There’s a lot of rivalry, and often not a lot of cooperation, between the two chambers. When Senator Dwight Cook’s oil tax reform bill failed in the House it wasn’t

Last Ever Snowfall in Britain to Happen This Weekend

Something unusual might occur at the famed Oxford-Cambridge boat race this Easter Sunday…snow. The Easter Sunday Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge universities may see snow for the first time in three decades, the U.K.’s Met Office said. Snow flurries are possible amid temperatures of up to 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit), according to

North Dakota University Employee Accuses Shirvani Of Cooking Data

A North Dakota University System employee is accusing embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani of asking her to manipulate data set to be presented to a legislative committee tomorrow. But the accusation has more to do with muddying the waters around what are some very, very ugly performance numbers for the state’s universities than anything Shirvani has

Guest Post: The Legislature Must Tame The WAWS Monster

In 2011, the North Dakota Legislature approved the creation of a water project commonly known as WAWS (the official name is Western Area Water Supply Authority). The concept behind WAWS was very well intended: create a rural water system that would provide infrastructure and water to communities in western North Dakota and pay for the

Math-Challenged Democrats Call Republican Oil Tax Bill "Radical And Reckless" Based On Fraudulent Numbers

Because they apparently didn’t get a number that was shocking enough the first time they were grandstanding on this issue, North Dakota Democrats re-calculated the numbers (which in and of itself inspires no small amount of skepticism, their original figure was $596 million) and concluded that a Republican plan to restructure the state’s oil taxes

A Governor-Appointed Chancellor Can Lose Us Accreditation, But Not Hundreds Of Phony Degress?

At the Grand Forks Herald today, the editorial board engages in a bit of fear-mongering over proposed changes to how the state’s university system is governed. The Herald, apologists for the state’s universities and proponents of the university system (which gobbles up more than $1 billion of our tax dollars every biennium) being “independent” of

North Dakotans Shouldn't Have To Live In A Surveillance State

It got overshadowed a bit by a couple of victories on the pro-life front, but the cause of civil liberties and personal privacy took a big hit yesterday when the state Senate voted down a bill which would have required that law enforcement obtain a warrant before using surveillance drone technology in a criminal investigation.

Amendment To Appoint A Chancellor Gets Edge Over Elected Chancellor Coming Out Of Committee

Earlier this week Senator Joe Miller’s SCR4028, which would have created a board of regents consisting of the governor, the superintendent of public schools and the ag commissioner to oversee the university system, was voted down but not without members of the Senate expressing a desire for that sort of reform. Now there are two

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