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Farmers Union Activists Should Be Careful What They Wish For On Corporate Farming Ban

Farmers Union Activists Should Be Careful What They Wish For On Corporate Farming Ban

Today the North Dakota Farmers Union is busing activists to the state capitol today for a rally protesting recent changes made by the Legislature to the state’s corporate farming law. To put it succinctly, lawmakers are looking to bolster the declining number of swine and dairy farms in the state by exempting those operations from


North Dakota Could Have Avoided Revenue Headaches With Oil Tax Reform

Yesterday the state got some ugly news in the form of a forecast showing another $1 billion drop in tax revenues (that coming on top of a previously-released forecast in January showing a $5.5 billion drop from December). Most of the problem is oil prices (though the agriculture industry has had some tough sledding of


Dalrymple On New Forecast: “Our Revenues Will Be Down Substantially”

UPDATE: Read the full forecast document released today right here. Of particular note is the forecast for the “big trigger” on page 4. The new forecast for North Dakota tax revenues amid falling oil prices is out, and while it’s ugly it is slightly more optimistic than a Legislative forecast released a few weeks ago, at


Lawmakers Concerned About Overly Optimistic Revenue Forecast From Executive Branch

Tomorrow state lawmakers will get their last revenue forecast of their 80 day legislative session from executive branch Office of Management and Budget. From that, they will have to try and craft tax and spending bills that will govern the state until the next biennium ends June 30, 2017. It’s not an easy job, especially


When A 3 Percent Pay Raise For Public Employees Somehow Becomes A Pay Cut

I had some business/family stuff to attend to yesterday so I mostly missed the floor sessions in the legislature, but I had to comment on this because it’s pretty absurd. The Senate Appropriations Committee has, prudently, begun to pare down spending bills because the state is facing billions of dollars worth of revenue uncertainties thanks

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After Hours With Senator Joe Miller: Governor Must Lead On Higher Education

During the legislative session I will be interviewing lawmakers for a series of posts here on SAB. In my inaugural interview, I sat down to discuss several issues with Senator Joe Miller (R-Park River) on Friday, February 6. During our conversation Senator Miller well spoken on farming legislation, but as the drama continues in Higher Education, Miller was


Controversial Common Core Bill Will Get Amendments On The House Floor

Last week the House Education Committee heard testimony on HB1461, which was introduced by Rep. Jim Kasper to address North Dakota’s adoption of the Common Core standards. Lawmakers listened to more than five hours of public testimony on the bill before giving it a 9-4 “do not pass” recommendation. But the version of the bill


New York Times Hit Piece On North Dakota Oil Boom Was Just Democrat Talking Points

Remember last year when the New York Times published a lengthy series of articles casting North Dakota’s Republican-dominated state government as inept and corrupt in terms of handling the oil boom? I pointed out in November that the Times reporter met with former Democrat Lt. Governor candidate Ellen Chaffee, something the times took exception to in an


Poll: 61% Of North Dakotans Approve Of Legislature, Dems As Unpopular As Tea Party

I have more polling data available today courtesy of DFM Research taking a look at how North Dakotans see their political leaders and institutions. You can read the full report, complete with all the cross-tabs and other info, below but here’s a summary of the findings: The only real surprise I saw here was the