On this episode of Plain Talk, yesterday the state House passed a bill to eliminate North Dakota's income taxes using Legacy Fund earnings. Is it a good idea or bad? Democrats are claiming the bill will make the state more dependent on oil taxes, but is that true? Also, Congressman Kelly Armstrong answers listener questions about border security, among other issues. Armstrong takes questions every week.
Yesterday I broke news about an unusual employment arrangement granted to University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy’s chief of staff. Under the terms, Angelique Foster would be allowed to work from her new home in Texas while collecting all of her current $114,000 per year salary and enjoying up to $25,000 per year in travel expenses.
Yesterday the state House failed to pass HB1264 which would have North Dakota’s speed limit on multi-lane highways to 75 mph for state highways and 80 mph for the interstates. I wrote “failed to pass” instead of “voted down” because the vote was actually a tie. It was 46 to 46, with 2 lawmakers not voting.
On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator Kevin Cramer takes listener questions (he's on every week, email your questions any time to firstname.lastname@example.org ). In response to several questions about it, the Senator says he's co-sponsoring legislation introduced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz which would use some of the money seized from notorious drug lord "El Chapo" to pay for construction of the border wall. "I told Ted right away I want to get in on that," Cramer told me.
A couple of Say Anything Blog readers at the University of North Dakota tipped me off yesterday to what sure seems like an unusual new employment arrangement for President Mark Kennedy’s chief of staff. Angelique Foster, who had previously announced she would be leaving her position after the spring semester to return home to North Carolina, has agreed to stay on in her position. She’ll work from home, and commute back and forth.
North Dakota got some good news on Senate nominations this week. Last month I wrote in a print column that North Dakota was just months away from having no full-time federal judges. This week we learned that Grand Forks attorney Peter Welte has been scheduled for a confirmation hearing this week .
On this episode of Plain Talk, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has decided to continue his predecessor Mark Dayton's political obstruction of the Line 3 replacement project. Mel Olson from Minnesotans for Line 3 talks about it. Also, an analysis shows there were no reported contributions to Republicans from faculty or administrators at NDSU during the 2018 election cycle.
During the last election cycle a left-wing, Democrat-aligned group filed an ethics complaint against Republican candidate Tom Campbell because one of his campaign ads featured him standing in front of a truck with his business logo on it. The complaint was announced to the media by the left wing groups filing it. The complaint went nowhere. But it did generate negative headlines for Campbell. Which was the point.
State Rep. Craig Headland, a Republican from Montpelier and Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Taxation, has introduced legislation to use earnings from North Dakota’s multi-billion dollar Legacy Fund to eliminate the income tax. Both the personal and corporate taxes would be eliminated under his plan. Also Dr. Joanne Luger, a Bismarck-based Dentist, speaks out in favor of legislation which would allow for dental therapists who could do some of the procedures full-on dentists can.
MINOT, N.D. -- In the state House of Representatives there looms an important test for North Dakota’s gay rights advocates. Will they support HB1441 , a bill outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation, even though it doesn’t include protections for transexual citizens? Will they support it even though it’s primary and secondary sponsors are almost all Republicans?