Herald editorial board
In 2009, the Legacy Fund Founders Committee drafted a blueprint for what today is a public savings account that is nearing $6 billion. The group generally has been quiet in the years since as the savings account grew. However, as numerous proposals for spending dollars generated by the Legacy Fund file through the the North Dakota Legislature, the committee has come together again in hopes of educating the public on the founders' original intent.
Herald editorial board Recent weeks have shown that all humans — and not just those with a particular political affiliation — say, write and do stupid things. Case in point: In Virginia, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam has vowed not to resign after photos on his page in an old yearbook show two people in offensive garb at a 1980s party. One person is in blackface; the other dons a KKK costume.
Herald editorial board The Enbridge Line 3 replacement project again will be delayed after Gov. Tim Walz opened the door for another appeal process. As so many Minnesotans push for the project to begin, it's unfortunate it comes to this. It's disheartening to the many who believe Line 3 is economically and ecologically necessary and who similarly believe the project will be a boon to the region.
Herald editorial board We thought this might be the year the Legislature moves to fix a potentially dangerous problem in the state. However, the North Dakota House of Representatives last week chose to not pass a bill that would have increased fines for speeding and other traffic violations in the state. That means fines for basic violations — and most notably speeding — could continue to remain so cheap that they offer little deterrent to people who barrel down North Dakota's streets, highways and interstates.
Herald editorial board Each resident of Alaska receives an annual check as payment from the Alaska Permanent Fund, funded via proceeds from oil extraction and production. Some years, the check totals more than $2,000; others, it's as low as $1,110. Meanwhile, Norway has its Sovereign Wealth Fund, which transfers revenue generated by oil production into a national savings account. In 2017, it surpassed $1 trillion; by comparison, that savings account is as large as many countries' full economy.
Herald editorial board In November we wrote about "a board too far," playing off "A Bridge Too Far," a book and later a movie about Allied efforts in Holland during World War II. That editorial came after a task force convened by Gov. Doug Burgum suggested a new approach to governance of the state's university system.
Herald editorial board It's interesting to watch Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. figuratively squirm to save his life. Following a 2006 trial, Rodriguez was found guilty of kidnapping and murder after he killed a UND student he confronted outside of the local shopping mall. Although the crime initially was committed in North Dakota, Rodriguez crossed state lines, making it a federal offense. North Dakota does not have the death penalty as an option for vicious killers like Rodriguez, but federal law allows for it.
Herald editorial board For more than a century, the North Dakota Constitution has listed eight of the state's institutions of higher education. The constitution declares "all colleges, universities and other educational institutions, for the support of which lands have been granted to this state, or which are supported by a public tax, shall remain under the absolute and exclusive control of the state."
Herald editorial board Plenty was packed into the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner and meeting last week at the Alerus Center. Overshadowed by the Henry Havig Award presentation to local businessman Jim Bradshaw and the keynote speech about the UAS industry by Tom Swoyer was a morsel of important information that deserves expansion.
Grand Forks legislator Jake Blum has taken up the effort to raise speed limits on interstate and multi-lane highways in North Dakota. It's a cause another Grand Forks lawmaker pushed in 2017; we backed it then and still do now, provided the state work on improving other laws related to roadway safety.