North Dakota’s economic advantage expected to narrow

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A top economic analyst says North Dakota’s economy still rates as the nation’s best, but other states will be catching up soon.

Steve Cochrane is a managing director for the Moody’s Analytics forecasting firm. Moody’s works with North Dakota state government in predicting tax collections for the next two years.

Cochrane says although North Dakota’s growth rate is slowing a bit. And he’s expecting a national economic recovery over the next two years. He says that will narrow North Dakota’s advantage.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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