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Darren Olafson, Mountain, N.D. , letter: Foes of Measure 1 resort to lies

MOUNTAIN, N.D. -- As a proponent of Measure 1, I am frustrated to hear the outright lies of the opposition. I have read and heard of many instances where opponents to Measure 1 say it won't work because getting North Dakota legislators to agree o...

MOUNTAIN, N.D. -- As a proponent of Measure 1, I am frustrated to hear the outright lies of the opposition.

I have read and heard of many instances where opponents to Measure 1 say it won't work because getting North Dakota legislators to agree on spending bills would be a "minor miracle."

Measure 1 brings an important stipulation into the mix. In order for legislators to spend principal out of the Oil Tax Trust Fund, they need a 75 percent vote of agreement, while interest will be automatically directed to the general fund.

Some people don't see the importance of this. I, however, think it is very wise to make sure our legislators are being responsible.

Measure 1 also makes sure that they can't use more than 20 percent of the funds in a biennium, making sure this doesn't become a "slush fund."

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Voting records of our legislators show that the vast majority of spending bills pass with more than 75 percent support. Based on that information, Minor Miracles happen every day in North Dakota if you use the precedent set by opponents to Measure 1.

As much as I love North Dakota and find it miraculous, I would much rather give the credit to the people of this great state, not the politicians.

I invite Herald readers to please get the right information. Please go to www.measure1nd.com , where you will find information, facts and numbers to prove the point. This will prove that proponents of the measure are using facts, while opponents are using rhetoric.

Darren Olafson

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