STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Federal failure costs state
By Don Davis
The federal governments failure to agree on how to fix its debt problem could cost Minnesota more than $90 million this year.
Early numbers show schools and health programs could be among... Posted on 4/5/13 at 5:04 PM
4 MY FUTURE: CAREER AND CHARACTER EDUCATION Sequestration: What It Means for CTE...
Within the Grand Forks Public Schools, funding for the Career & Technical Education (CTE) department (which includes the K-12 Career Education program) comes from three sources: 1) local, 2) state... Posted on 7/24/12 at 2:06 PM
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD NORTH DAKOTA House votes to repeal health care reform, Senate repeal unlikely
By Ryan Schuster
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 244-185 today, but the vote is not expected to end the controversy over the legislation anytime ... Posted on 7/11/12 at 12:29 PM
THE NEW FORTY Unacceptable losses
The suicide rate of active duty military membersis up to about one a day. Whenwe add this to the 18 veteran suicides a day that have been documented overthe past few yearswe should be horrified. One a... Posted on 6/9/12 at 9:22 PM
When it comes to budgets, balance is in the eye of the congressional beholder. To House Republicans, it means a balanced budget in a decade, achieved by $4.6 trillion in spending cuts and without any tax increases.
Before the sun sets on Sunshine Week, March 10-16, take a minute to consider these words from the Sunlight Foundation: “Public equals online.” We’re in the age of the Internet, an age in which it won’t be long before much of the content of the Library of Congress and will be available and searchable online.
The U.S. government stumbled headlong on Friday toward spending cuts that could dampen the economy and curb military readiness, after President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan.
Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Readers of Washington tea leaves have grown used to drinking their tea, looking into their Capitol souvenir cups and seeing the leaves there heaped in an ugly mess. But Wednesday’s divination would have yielded a much rarer and more encouraging sign: leaves forming the shape of a shoe, a classic symbol for being on the right path.
The production tax credit was due to expire at the end of 2012 and the extension was part of yesterday's passage of the bill to avert the so-called fiscal cliff that would have imposed income tax increases for most U.S. workers. The bill will cover all wind projects that start construction in 2013.
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