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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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Corps grants easement for Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline, pipeline construction

The Army Corps of Engineers officially granted the coveted easement for completion of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday. Only days after entering office, President Donald Trump issued an executive memorandum that provided clear directives for a swift revival of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that would run from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Illinois. Wednesday’s easement from the Corps ...

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NDPC scholarship apps due April 1

NDPC, scholarship, oil and gas careers

Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application period will remain open until ...

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Real Estate Developer Mike Marcil Awards $25,000 Grant to PATH, Inc.

Path Inc grant check, Mike Marcil

January 30, 2017, Fargo, North Dakota– Mike Marcil, CEO of Aalton Real Estate LLC., a Fargo-based commercial and rental real estate company, awarded a $25,000 grant to the PATH Family Support Program in Fargo, North Dakota. The grant will be used to support the recruitment and retention of licensed foster families to serve in the PATH Family Support Program. Additionally, the ...

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Burgum addresses budgeting and tribal relations in State of the State address

Doug Burgum

In the 2017 State of the State address, Governor Doug Burgum addressed four main topics–two linked specifically to oil and gas. An acute budget shortfall in North Dakota is the first of those concerns, and tribal relations, partly due to the continued disagreement about the Dakota Access Pipeline river crossing near Cannonball is the second. Yet Burgum’s tone was optimistic ...

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