Herald editorial board
Herald editorial board Greater oil production and expected oil prices of between $50 and $60 per barrel are foundation stones supporting Gov. Doug Burgum's 2019-20 budget, which calls for an increase in state spending and a focus on "Legacy projects" the governor says are needed in North Dakota.
Herald editorial board It's been a big month for a Grand Forks project. On Dec. 6, the Veterans Memorial Park board announced a $93,683 donation from Rydell Auto Center of Grand Forks. The dollars were raised through the local dealership's annual car show, with the Rydell family providing a matching donation. This week, another generous donation has emerged in the form of a $250,000 gift from the Engelstad Foundation.
Gov. Doug Burgum says North Dakota needs to strengthen its ties to Theodore Roosevelt while making improvements to the state's top tourist attraction. He is pushing a plan that would do both. During his biennial budget speech last week, Burgum proposed using $50 million in Legacy Fund earnings and a two-to-one private match to build a Theodore Roosevelt presidential library and museum at Theodore Roosevelt National Park at Medora.
In a sad farewell speech bookended by an uncharacteristically shaky voice, Heidi Heitkamp on Tuesday concluded her term in the U.S. Senate. Before she yielded the floor, the longtime public servant gave some sound advice to other members of Congress.
Herald editorial board Gov. Doug Burgum's proposed budget offers a brighter outlook in North Dakota in the coming two years, complete with funding for government employee raises and infrastructure improvements, all without raising taxes. Overall, the budget as proposed is $14.3 billion, up 5 percent from the current budget. The governor visited with the Herald's editorial board Wednesday afternoon, several hours after he unveiled his proposed 2019-20 budget during an address before the state Legislature in Bismarck.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Dec. 7, 1941 — 77 years ago today — the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese forces. The surprise attack left 2,403 dead, more than 1,000 wounded and hurtled the United States into World War II. The day after the attack, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed Congress, asking for a declaration of war on the Empire of Japan. It is one of the most iconic speeches in American history, and it is printed here today in its entirety.
Herald editorial board A proposal to dedicate dollars specifically for research at the state's two largest universities has hit a serious snag. During his budget speech Wednesday, Gov. Doug Burgum didn't mention the much-publicized idea, which seeks $100 million for UND and NDSU to enhance research that the presidents of those universities believe would benefit the entire state.
Herald editorial board The man behind the recent failed effort to legalize marijuana in North Dakota says proponents are "100 percent" going to try again to get recreational pot approved in the state. If David Owen's guarantee comes true, that means North Dakotans again will vote on the issue in 2020. Can't North Dakotans get a rest from this continued argument?
Herald editorial board There is no shortage of anecdotes about low speeding fines in North Dakota. As we have noted before, motorists can zip down an interstate highway in North Dakota at 100 mph and get a fine of $125. Yet if they litter, they'll be fined $500. At least the interstates are designed for higher speeds. On city streets it's the same problem: Drive 10 mph over the speed limit and the fine is just $10. Meanwhile, it costs between $7 and $12 to process a ticket, so a city actually loses money on some traffic citations.
Herald editorial board Young students throughout North Dakota may not yet realize it, but their snow days may be numbered. That's because a proposal that likely will be brought before the state Legislature will suggest requiring children to participate in "school" via the internet when classes are called off due to inclement weather.