John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — Legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota will cost state agencies and local governments more than $6.6 million over the next few years, according to estimates lawmakers received Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12. But some other costs, as well as potential tax revenue, remain unknown, the report said.
BISMARCK — Nearly 300 North Dakota state employees have applied for a buyout amid requested cuts under Gov. Doug Burgum, state budget officials said Tuesday, Sept. 11. Of the 294 applications received under the "voluntary separation incentive program," 121 came from the Department of Human Services, the state's largest agency. Another 67 came from the Department of Transportation while the Department of Health and Information Technology Department each accounted for 23.
FARGO — Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer said President Donald Trump's fundraising speech on Friday, Sept. 7, in Fargo will "fire up" donors supporting his Senate campaign as his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp enters its final two months.
BISMARCK — North Dakota legislative leaders showed little appetite for lowering or eliminating the state's income taxes this week amid budget cuts requested by Gov. Doug Burgum and looming questions about how lawmakers might tap the ballooning Legacy Fund.
BISMARCK — Friday's Fargo fundraiser for North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer's Senate bid headlined by President Donald Trump has brought in more than $1 million, the congressman's campaign said Thursday, Sept. 6. "President Trump's record of cutting taxes, eliminating harmful regulations, and working to combat illegal immigration deeply resonates with North Dakota voters," Cramer said in a statement.
BISMARCK — A preliminary forecast released Wednesday, Sept. 5, showed a bump in expected North Dakota tax revenues for the next two-year budget cycle, but Republican Gov. Doug Burgum maintained his push for a "conservative approach" to budgeting.
BISMARCK — The field in the North Dakota secretary of state's race solidified Tuesday, Sept. 4, as the office's longtime Republican occupant announced his independent bid was certified for the November ballot. Al Jaeger, who has been secretary of state since 1993, launched an independent campaign once the GOP-endorsed candidate, Will Gardner, dropped out after his 2006 peeping arrest surfaced. Gardner defeated Jaeger during the Republican convention, but the party has since backed Jaeger with a "letter of support."
BISMARCK — On a recent morning in the basement of Bismarck’s public library, Heidi Heitkamp wiped away tears as she listened to heart-wrenching stories from North Dakotans facing life-altering ailments.
BISMARCK — President Donald Trump will be back in North Dakota next week to headline a “VIP reception and fundraiser” for Rep. Kevin Cramer’s campaign, the Republican congressman said Wednesday, Aug. 29. Trump will be in Fargo Sept. 7. It will mark the president’s second visit to the state’s most populous city during the closely watched contest between Cramer and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who’s seeking a second term representing the deeply red state that Trump won with 63 percent of the vote.
BISMARCK — The state of North Dakota is set to receive $3 million in federal funds to help replace aging election equipment. Secretary of State Al Jaeger will go before the state's Emergency Commission Thursday, Aug. 30, with a request to receive the money from the Federal Election Assistance Commission. He said it would cover about a third of the cost of a new system, including ballot scanners and electronic poll books, but the Legislature would also be asked to pitch in next session.