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
THE NEW FORTY We may be easy, but we are not cheap.
I have expressed my concerns about the North Dakota oil patch before. My fearhas been, and continues to be, that the North Dakota we know and love is for sale. There is no going back now though - the ... Posted on 9/19/12 at 9:02 PM
THE WEST WING Council Meeting 8-21-2012
The following are the proposed agenda items for Tuesday evening's regular City Council meeting. The agenda and packet can be found on theCity Council web page.
The consent agenda inclu... Posted on 8/21/12 at 6:45 AM
All of this oil money means that the state government will have massive amounts to give away for riotous living or to invest in the education, economic, people, energy and water infrastructures that will serve North Dakotans for generations to come.
The chorus of special-session advocates is too big to be ignored. To answer their concerns, the governor and Legislature should take up the issue of the west’s infrastructure as vigorously as possible during the interim.
Enacting key measures in the 2009 legislative session could have helped western North Dakota leaders at least stabilize the crumbling infrastructure and begin to ease the housing crisis in their communities.
North Dakota is experiencing another boom, driven by energy development, especially oil and especially in the West. But the boom is broad-based, and it is statewide. It has produced an enormous surplus in the state budget Can it last? The experts say and the signs suggest that it is sustainable. Of course, there is lingering doubt.
Fargo police said a 13-year-old boy armed with a BB gun shot and injured a 7-year-old who was taunting him. The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. Wednesday at a neighborhood park. Sgt. Mark Lykken said the 7-year-old was calling the teen names and was shot in the leg as he ran away. He didn’t need medical attention.
“A federal funding system based on more direct forms of ‘user pay’ charges, in the form of a charge for each mile driven (commonly referred to as a vehicle miles traveled or VMT fee system), has emerged as the consensus choice for the future,” the national commission unanimously concluded.
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