Tag Archives: private sector

North Dakota's Tobacco Prohibitionists May Not Have A Budget This Year

North Dakota's Tobacco Prohibitionists May Not Have A Budget This Year

It’s absolutely ridiculous that the State of North Dakota has an agency devoted to anti-tobacco activism. Political activism belongs in the private sector, not enshrined in the government. So it’s with no small amount of satisfaction that I observe the House killing the agency’s budget. It was killed yesterday, and when brought back for reconsideration

If You're Stuck In A Part-Time Job, Thank Obamacare

At FreeEnterprise.org they’ve posted these scary jobs numbers from the Federal Reserve showing a sharp uptick in people with part-time jobs, which remains well above pre-recession levels: According to the New York Times, millions of Americans who want more work hours are stuck in part-time jobs: In March, 7.6 million Americans who want more hours

Thanks Fracking: America Leading The World In Carbon Emission Reductions

From the Wall Street Journal (via Nevada Watchdog): U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically in recent years, in large part because the country is making more electricity with natural gas instead of coal. Energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that is widely believed to contribute to global warming, have fallen 12% between 2005

Senate Approves $104 Million Raise For State Employees

The Senate has approved their version of a pay package for state employees, giving them 7% in raises in the coming biennium – 4% in 2013 and 3% in 2014 – totaling $104 million: Bismarck, ND – North Dakota Senators have adopted a negotiation between House and Senate leaders regarding state employee pay and retirement

Bureaucracy Trumps Morality: Nurse Lets Woman Die Because Of Policy Prohibiting CPR

Yesterday news broke of a nurse at a California nursing home who let an elderly woman die rather than perform CPR on her despite pleas from a 911 operator begging the nurse, or anyone standing by, to perform the procedure. Here’s the back story, and the heart-breaking audio of the 911 call: The idea of

Half Of Detroit Property Owners Didn't Pay Their Taxes Last Year

Wow. Detroit — Nearly half of the owners of Detroit’s 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax bills last year, exacerbating a punishing cycle of declining revenues and diminished services for a city in a financial crisis, according to a Detroit News analysis of government records. The News reviewed more than 200,000 pages of tax

Byron Dorgan's Mansion Profiled In Home & Design Magazine

There’s something ironically hilarious about Senator Byron Dorgan – “the old populist, man of the people” as the reader who emailed me the link described – showing off his McLean, Virginia mansion to Home & Design, “The magazine of architecture and fine interiors.” “Of course he waited to open his doors until after leaving office,”

North Dakota Legacy Fund Hits $841 Million In Deposits

State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt sent me some numbers this morning for North Dakota’s Legacy Fund, in which her office will be making another deposit later today. A total of $79,273,665.40 is being deposited into the Legacy Fund for February. The balance for the fund is at $841,777,629.66. This chart shows the growth in the fund