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ND State School Funding Up 181% Over Last Decade, Enrollment Down 2%

ND State School Funding Up 181% Over Last Decade, Enrollment Down 2%

The North Dakota Senate today passed HB1319, which was Governor Jack Dalrymple’s new school funding bill. It includes what the politicians are calling $714 million in property tax relief, but it’s really just a bloated version of the property tax buy downs the state has been doing in the past. You know, the ones that

There's No Need To Raise Minimum Teacher Pay In North Dakota

Democrats want to raise the minimum teacher’s pay in North Dakota from $22,500 per year, where it was set in 2003, to $32,000 per year. That’s double the $5,000/year increase Governor Jack Dalrymple proposed. KXNet – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson The thing is, very few teachers actually make the minimum salary. The data is a little out of

North Dakota Needs To Privatize Worker's Compensation Insurance

Worker’s compensation insurance is not a free market in North Dakota. The state has, in law, a mandate that companies carry the insurance, and the only entity allowed to provide that insurance in the state is North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, which is a government entity. That creates a lot of problems for the

SAB On Television: School Choice And Higher Ed

Chris Berg was kind enough to invite me on to his 6:30 POV program again last night opposite John Strand of the High Plains Reader. It was a fun discussion covering higher education issues and school choice bills. Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks Strand said my complaints about the anti-Catholic religious bigotry

Shocker: Department Of Labor Gives Twinkie-Killing Union Workers A Bailout

When the ponderously-named Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike they made national headlines for potentially killing off Twinkies. Of course, the unions hotly denied that it was their unreasonable demands and strike when those demands weren’t met that killed Twinkies. Now, by way of granting the union workers a

North Dakota Senate Votes Again To Deny Unemployment Benefits To Locked out Union Workers

The debate over this issue which occurred in the Senate yesterday was over amending an existing bill to add this provision. The debate in the Senate which took place today was on the final passage of the bill. And it was, again, a lengthy debate as Democrats weren’t quite done grandstanding for their union allies.

Video: ND Senate Passes Amendment To Deny Unemployment Benefits To Workers In Labor Disputes

Earlier I wrote about a proposed amendment to HB1112 which would clarify existing law making it clear that unemployment benefits are not to go to workers involved in a labor dispute. Earlier this month the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that the language was ambiguous, and granted unemployment benefits to a group of locked out

ND Legislature To Amend Labor Law To Deny Unemployment Benefits To Locked Out Union Workers

In a ridiculous and tortured interpretation of existing law, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that locked out American Crystal Sugar workers were entitled to unemployment benefits. Because the obvious legislative intent of the current law was disregarded by the court, the legislature is going to clarify the law for them. Senator Jerry Klein (R-Fessenden)

Nearly 40% Of ND Teachers Make More Than Median Household Income

North Dakota’s teacher unions want to raise the minimum salary paid to teachers: The “Make the Average the Law” campaign might be bringing higher salaries to North Dakota teachers. It’s kicking off today by the North Dakota Education Association. The goal is to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers to $32,000. Supporters say it’s