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Referendum In The Works For North Dakota Oil Tax Reform?

Referendum In The Works For North Dakota Oil Tax Reform?

It’s obvious that North Dakota Democrats plan to make oil tax reform passed by the Legislature earlier this year a campaign issue in 2016, but could they try and refer that issue to the ballot before them? HB1476 ended the so-called “big trigger” exemption tied to oil prices which might have eliminated the state’s extraction

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Michael Filloon: Are North Dakota’s Oil Taxes Too High?

North Dakota oil production taxes have seen significant debate recently.  It wasn’t the tax rate in general, but the tax trigger, which afforded oil producers a 45% tax break.  This trigger was recently replaced by a much less complicated system that varies only 2% depending on oil prices. Although the trigger was removed, it is

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Democrat Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen Is No “Sensible Centrist”

It seems there’s an effort afoot to rebrand new North Dakota Democrat Chairwoman Kylie Oversen, who is also a state lawmaker from Grand Forks, into a moderate. Indeed, the Fargo Forum editorial board did as much today giving Oversen “prairie roses” for her election as chair, describing her as a “hard-working, sensible centrist.” That’s laughable, and

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Outgoing NDUS Chancellor Spending His Last Days In Spin Mode

One of the reforms for higher education in North Dakota coming out of the 2015 legislative session was a shift of the North Dakota University System’s auditors and lawyers away from the university system’s budget and into the State Auditor’s and Attorney General’s budgets, respectively. The need for this was obvious. The university system has

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Not Prostitutes: Energy Industry Provides Jobs And Opportunity For Women

“Fracking as an industry serves men; 95 percent of the people employed in the gas fields are men,” ecologist and anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber said during a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh on April 6. “When we talk about jobs, we’re talking about jobs for men, and we need to say that. And the jobs

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North Dakota Democrats Shifting To The Right On Trade?

Last night the U.S. Senate passed a trade bill that gives the executive branch a “fast track” process to bringing trade agreements before Congress. This is a generally positive development. The easier trade is, the better off we all are. But among the surprising votes for the agreement was Senator Heidi Heitkamp. You can see

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