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No, It’s Not Time To Increase The Gas Tax

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Earlier this week, a shocking headline was posted by an unlikely source. Rob Port of the SayAnythingBlog posted an article announcing his support of an increase in the gas tax. Port says: You may be wondering why a conservative with a preference for limited government is in favor of a tax hike. It’s an easy case to make… The best ...

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional

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Commission On Initiated Measures Is Unconstitutional By Its Very Existence If the commission wants to follow the constitution, here are three suggestions. This legislative session, a bill was passed that is designed to “fix” the initiated measures process in North Dakota. While there are some things that can be done to that end, the overwhelming sense is that nothing good can ...

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Pharmacy ND launches new educational website

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As Republicans prepare to reveal their new healthcare plan, one North Dakota news and informational website is prepared to help citizens understand all the confusing, information surrounding the industry. The topic is universal to everyone, and no one can argue that it’s anything less than complicated. With this in mind, the creators of Pharmacy ND want to make understanding the ...

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ND Watchdog: Property taxes are going up

property taxes, housing, Williston

North Dakota League of Cities Spokesman Declares That Cities Will Have No Choice But To Raise Property Taxes Blames legislature even though the legislature never approved a direct buy down of city property taxes, which is a convenient distortion of reality. Earlier this week, the executive director (Blake Crosby) of the North Dakota League of Cities appeared on a Fargo ...

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Fargo Forum: ND property tax hikes are coming

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It took a couple weeks, but statewide media is finally catching on to the warnings we have been sending out: property taxes are going up! On Friday, the Fargo Forum published a story entitled “Property tax increases coming in ND after legislative changes, auditors say”. Cass County Auditor Michael Montplaisir predicted an 8.5 to 9 percent increase on residential property ...

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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

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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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