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ND Watchdog Network 2017 Legislative Half-Time Report

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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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North Dakota GOP gubernatorial campaign enters homestretch

Inside the Legislative Hall at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After months of rallies in tiny town cafes and fundraisers in big city venues, the Republican candidates for North Dakota governor are making their final push in an intense, expensive and often acrimonious campaign between longtime friends that has focused largely on leadership qualifications as the state’s oil revenues decline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his GOP ...

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North Dakota tax collections continue falling below forecast

Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota continues to see bleaker-than-expected state tax revenue collections from declining oil activity in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says revenues for March totaled $98.8 million. That’s $13.8 million less than what had been projected. Tax collections already are down more than $20 million since a new revenue forecast was done ...

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North Dakota reviews tax incentives for effectiveness

Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota legislative committee on Wednesday began evaluating most of the state’s economic development tax incentives to determine their effectiveness in creating businesses, jobs and revenue for the state. It’s the first formal legislative review of tax incentive programs, some of which have been on the books for decades, and comes amid shrinking oil tax revenue due ...

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North Dakota social funding eases local property taxes

Looking up at the North Dakota State Capitol building in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota legislative committee was told Tuesday that a partial state takeover of county social services costs is helping to ease the property tax burden for North Dakota residents, though some lawmakers believe declining oil tax revenues will prevent the state from assuming all of the program costs. “I don’t know where the money is going ...

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North Dakota official says budget ‘very likely’ faces cuts

Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s budget director ordered an updated revenue forecast on Friday and said agencies “very likely” will have to trim spending due to lower-than-expected tax collections from a decrease in oil drilling in the state. “It’s the responsible thing to do,” Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp said. Sharp said agencies may be asked to ...

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North Dakota budget writer: New revenue forecast likely

The Legislative Hall of the North Dakota State capitol building in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s top budget writer says “it’s very likely” an updated revenue forecast will be needed due to drop in oil drilling in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says a reworked revenue forecast is the initial step in addressing potential revenue shortfalls in the current two-year budget cycle. Overall tax revenues are ...

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