STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER ‘People have a right to expect lower property taxes’
By Don Davis
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up.
By mid-December, city, county and... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:07 AM
STAFF BLOG CITY STREET BEAT City leaders, state legislators begin planning for next session
Grand Forks city leaders say they want to be more proactive when it comes to working with state legislators in the 2015 session.
They took the first step Thursday when members of the city's Legislati... Posted on 11/21/13 at 6:44 PM
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I was reading the final issue of The NDPEA Advocate today and I found a supposition in Executive Director Stuart Savelkoul's commentary that humored me enough that I wanted to share it here. For those... Posted on 8/15/13 at 8:24 PM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Watford City to house new judge
BISMARCK -- Watford City will be home to a new judgeship aimed at addressing the increase in court filings in growing Oil Patch communities, the North Dakota Supreme Court decided Tuesday.
State legis... Posted on 6/4/13 at 6:41 PM
Democrats for years blamed Republicans for forcing local governments to raise property taxes. But now that Democratic-Farmer-Laborites control the Minnesota Legislature and the governor’s office, it appears that property taxes will continue their increase, if only slightly, in the next year.
Steve and Patty Jensen have pipelines criss-crossing their farmland north of Tioga, but it wasn’t until one leaked 20,600 barrels of oil in their wheat field that they began asking questions about who was monitoring them.
Giving county tax directors and top city assessors three years to get fully trained and certified while they continue to put values on people’s property for tax purposes “doesn’t seem right,” a member of a legislative committee said Wednesday.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's contention that a 13-year-old law gave him the green light to launch a new online voter registration system is receiving support from two former legislators who sponsored the measure.
A group of university students who have found success at changing laws the past few years is preparing a new agenda for the Minnesota Legislature, everything from improving dental care for the young and old to ending the practice of high schoolers coming from other states to play sports.
An investigation by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor has found that a data breach at MNsure earlier this year was unintentional and that there was "no evidence of malicious intent."
But the rep
A former Minnesota House member wants to stop construction of a new state Senate office building, claiming lawmakers and the governor broke a state constitutional requirement when approving the facility.
State lawmakers expressed concern Wednesday with the Minnesota Lottery's gradual push into Internet and other electronic ticket sales, saying they were worried about how far the virtual gambling could go.
North Dakota legislators will take another look at the state’s DUI law just a few months after it went into effect. The interim Judiciary Committee will begin holding meetings in the coming months to review a few aspects of the law.
Unanimous but far from united, the Senate advanced legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown on Wednesday, the 100-0 vote certain to mark merely a brief pause in a fierce partisan struggle over the future of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
The most influential backers of North Dakota State University may not be its fanatic football fans or team boosters, but a network of alumni, donors and Fargo-area powerbrokers who contact state lawmakers to make the university’s case on pending legislation.
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