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Podcast: ND Insurance Commish Says Worker’s Comp Ballot Measure “Not Something I’m Asking For”

Podcast: ND Insurance Commish Says Worker’s Comp Ballot Measure “Not Something I’m Asking For”

Yesterday I interviewed state Rep. Marvin Nelson about a proposed ballot measure he’s backing which would expand worker’s compensation insurance to workers like volunteer firefighters and mental maladies related to the workplace. It would also move Workforce Safety & Insurance, the state-owned insurance company which has a monopoly on worker’s compensation insurance in North Dakota,

Podcast: State Rep. Marvin Nelson Talks About Proposed Ballot Measure Expanding State Worker’s Compensation Coverage

In North Dakota, worker’s compensation insurance is a monopoly. If you own a business you are required to purchase worker’s compensation coverage for your employees, and the only place you can get it is the state-run Workforce Safety & Insurance. Despite this – or because of it, depending on your point of view – North

Dorso Column: Holmberg Selection For Leadership Widens Legislative Divides

Lloyd Omdahl’s recent column about the selection of Grand Forks Republican Sen. Ray Holmberg as chairman of Legislative Managementmade me stop and think. Omdahl’s contention is that a moderation of the political discourse because of Holmberg’s election will make for a better political atmosphere. I am not convinced that is the case. A better case

Video: Democrats Try To Get Better Treatment For Criminals Under Workers Compensation Laws

I missed it earlier this week, but thanks to an alert reader here’s video from Tuesday of Senate Democrats (lead by Senators George Sinner and Tim Mathern) attempting to amend a bill, HB1080, dealing with workers compensation insurance to give better treatment to criminals than other workers. Under current law, if your workers compensation benefits

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

Republican State Legislator Applauds Obamacare In Washington DC

Here in North Dakota, the mantra from proponents of implementing Obamacare like Rep. George Keiser are fond of saying that they don’t like the law but that it’s the “law of the land” now so it must be implemented. Except, for Rep. George Keiser (who was one of the loudest proponents of implementing the Obamacare

Dorso Column: North Dakota Should Build The Keystone Pipeline

A review of North Dakota history would show that our legislature is at its best when it gives birth to some radical ideas. I am reminded of the establishment of the Bank of North Dakota, The State Mill and Elevator and state run workers compensation now known as WSI. Let’s try this one: If the

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