STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Windmill Controversy
We've gotten a few interesting responses to a letter about the windfarms going up all over southwest Minnesota today.
The letter-writer points out that the windmills are noisy and have bright red ligh... Posted on 2/17/09 at 6:53 AM
North Dakota’s potential as a crude oil and natural gas producer continues to grow. The U.S. Geological Survey recently released new, much higher estimates for the recoverable oil in the state. That’s important because it implies investors in wells and infrastructure are more likely to see a solid return, all else being equal.
The legacy of former Gov. Bill Guy is stamped throughout North Dakota. It spans the state, east to west and north to south, with the Interstate highways that connect North Dakota to the rest of the nation. It lights homes, farms and businesses from the coal-fired power plants and lignite industry he helped establish.
Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan, N.D., is on his third attempt to remove respected conservation organizations from representation on the North Dakota Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund’s advisory board. His motivation is suspect. His reasons are nonsensical.
In recent weeks, the North Dakota Legislature has seen too much lawmaking for a cause and not enough lawmaking for the state.
Case in point: The so-called “Grande amendment” to Senate Bill 2368, mercifully stripped out of the bill by a conference committee.
Standing on the leading edge of 2013, North Dakotans need to get reacquainted with their state. They need to because the state is undergoing heavy-duty change. That change will ramp up in the year ahead with complicated new challenges. And expectations are that we’ll see more growth, more jobs and more people.
If President Barack Obama gets his way and pressures Congress into approving a tax increase that could hit many small businesses hard, about 200,000 jobs will be erased by the action, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s proposed general fund budget for 2013-15 would spend $3.8 billion in North Dakota taxes on ongoing programs, an increase in spending of 9.4 percent per year. The budget for the next two years represents doubling the spending on roads and highways to $2.5 billion, as well as securing tax relief: $714 million for property taxes, $100 million for individual income taxes, $25 million for corporate income taxes and expanding the Homestead Tax Credit from $20 million to $40 million.
Oil companies and wildlife and conservation representatives last week rolled out voluntary “best practices” aimed at protecting wildlife and habitat in North Dakota from the effects of energy development. The guidelines were developed by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the North Dakota Petroleum Council, which represents the industry.
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
, December 05, 2012
As public education in North Dakota embraces a new and intense era, the state needs a superintendent of public instruction who is fully prepared to meet the challenges. Kirsten Baesler of Mandan is that person.
Measure 3 on the November ballot, the so-called right to farm amendment, attempts to provide a solution to a problem that does not exist. In fact, this “solution” may create more problems for farmers and ranchers and also provide more work for attorneys.
Ellen Linderman, Carrington, N.D.
, October 15, 2012
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