Tag Archives: spending


Rod St. Aubyn: For New Legislators “Swearing In” Will Be Followed By “Swearing At”

Rod St. Aubyn: For New Legislators “Swearing In” Will Be Followed By “Swearing At”

Now that the election is over, the ND Legislature will soon be meeting for their Organizational Session in early December.  As I often say, this is the time that newly elected or reelected legislators are “sworn in” which is quickly followed by being “sworn at”. Soon the individual caucuses will be selecting their “leaders” to


North Dakota K-12 Enrollment Is Up 2.35 Percent, State Spending Up Almost 200 Percent

The Legislature’s interim Education Funding committee kicked out a draft bill for K-12 education funding yesterday, and according to this report from Mike Nowtazki it would appropriate over $2 billion in the 2015-2017 biennium, a more than $400 million increase. Now, usually when voters hear education spending, the only thing they want to hear is


James Kerian: The Party Matters

North Dakota conservatives often complain that we don’t get much for the Republicans holding every office in Bismarck that is elected on the state wide ballot and a supermajority in both houses of the state legislature. Spending at the state level has grown astronomically. The crony capitalism of targeted sales and property tax exemptions has


Mike Marcil: Should North Dakota Be Following South Dakota’s Lead?

At a high level North and South Dakota appear to be two states that look nearly identical. Both were admitted to the union on November 2nd 1889. Both share a similar immigration history with the majority of current residents tracing their ancestry back to German and Norwegian roots. Both have comparable GDP, household incomes and


Gov Jack Dalrymple’s Budget Guidelines Calls For “Hold Even” Budgets, Observers Get A Good Chuckle

Today Governor Jack Dalrymple issued his budgeting guidelines for the 2015-2017 biennium, and he’s calling for “hold even” budgets from state agencies. I got a good laugh out of it. “Dalrymple directed agency leaders to develop a hold-even baseline budget with an option for additional resources that are essential to the needs of a growing state.,” read


After 62% State Budget Increase, Jack Dalrymple Talks Budget “Sobriety”

Sequestration was the term used for automatic budget cuts put in place by the Budget Control Act. That legislation required Congress to produce a budget, or face sequestration. Because Congress couldn’t budget, the sequestration cuts kicked in. Many claimed that they were draconian cuts (in truth, sequestration still allowed the federal budget to grow by


Forum Editorial: Lazy, Fact-Starved Blogger Should Stop Praising Our Reporting

Yesterday I wrote a post singling out for praise Fargo Forum reporter Kyle Potter’s article about state spending, pulling a few graphs out from his report to illustrate some points about state spending a lot of people are mislead about (by politicians, not Potter’s reporting). Like one-time spending, which is a nonsense talking point when


Could North Dakota Become A Zero Tax State?

Last night on Chris Berg’s 6:30 Point of View program on Valley News Live Governor Jack Dalrymple discussed the State of North Dakota’s finances opposite Bakken.com CEO Mike Marcil. Video here. Marcil, SAB readers will remember, was on Berg’s show last week talking about the billions in revenue North Dakota has socked away in its

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Why Is Education Spending Up 200% And Other Questions About North Dakota Spending

Over the weekend Forum Communications reporter Kyle Potter published an excellent article about spending growth in North Dakota. My only criticism is that it was published over a holiday weekend, and long after the legislative session where this budget was developed. This important topic deserves more attention. Anyway, the best part of Potter’s article were