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North Dakota’s Newest Big Bad Wolf

water pipeline, eminent domain, WAWS

Throughout history the practice of eminent domain has been abused in the United States.  Abused to the point where the parties taking the land were colloquially referred as the “big bad wolf.” The first big bad wolf was the railroad. The process was quite simple, the railroad is considered a project for the public good, and if you do not ...

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Big property tax hikes coming in 2018?

property taxes, property in Fargo

The sustainability of “property tax relief” program using state tax dollars to reduce local property taxes is now at 0% as the State House yesterday voted to repeal the 12% property tax credit. Senate Bill 2206 was amended to repeal the 12% credit and takeover about half that much of the property tax bill which covers local social services. As ...

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West Fargo restaurant finds new way to support local youth

Maxwells Restaurant,

As owners of Maxwells Restaurant & Bar, General Manager Ramon Sosa and Executive Chef Mike Wald weren’t searching for a way to promote their restaurant. They don’t typically offer coupons or promotions. The experience of eating at the high-end West Fargo restaurant speaks for itself. The atmosphere is intimate, with hand-picked wines, handcrafted cocktails, impeccable American cuisine with a French-inflected ...

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Exec order gives coal industry hope, but no new jobs

coal industry,

President Trump’s executive order signed Tuesday rolling back Obama-era policies probably won’t bring back coal industry jobs, but it could provide the industry some much-needed breathing room to continue working on ways to stay competitive in the ever-changing energy landscape. President Trump signed his “Energy Independence” executive order surrounded by coal miners, who heard the President say many times throughout his ...

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The Village secures largest donation in organization history

The Village, land donation

A North Dakota native and real estate developer made a unique and substantial donation to a Fargo-based nonprofit human services organization. Mike Marcil (not affiliated with Forum Communications) recently donated a gift of real estate worth $2.3 million to The Village Family Service Center, the organization that supports programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nokomis Child Care Centers, First ...

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ND Watchdog Network 2017 Legislative Half-Time Report

North Dakota, legislative report

Yesterday marked the end of the first half of the legislative session. Next week, bills that passed one chamber will cross the hall to the opposite chamber to be discussed and voted on. Here are just a few of the highlights of the good bills that are still alive in the legislature: House and Senate Pass Corporate Welfare Reform HB1182 shifts costs of ...

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ND House passes tax on private frack water suppliers

Shale boom leads US to first annual trade surplus with OPEC

In a move that defies all campaign promises, House Republicans voted to impose a newly invented tax on private businesses that provide water for the oil industry to frack oil, reports ND Watchdog Network’s Dustin Gawrylow today. Gawrylow says the Republican controlled House Appropriations Committee hid the tax increase in the Water Commission Budget, which is a “must pass bill.” ...

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ND House defeats property tax reform bill

property tax reform

Yesterday, the North Dakota House of Representatives voted against HB 1326, the tax bill that Managing Director of the North Dakota Watchdog Dustin Gawrylow calls “a critical piece of pro-taxpayer reform that can and should be the beginning of real property tax reform” in North Dakota. The basic premise of the bill: Every political subdivision shall have an affirmative control ...

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