STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Today's Ask Your Government
With all the trucks hauling fill around the Devils Lake area, what plans does the North Dakota Department of Transportation have to make sure that haul roads are restored to their origina... Posted on 9/24/11 at 8:05 PM
Most of us are aware that North Dakota is running a huge surplus, due largely to oil revenue. Yet in the past, there have been times when oil prices have dropped drastically, drying up oil money. What kind of surplus or deficit would the state be running today without oil revenue?
I recently read an article regarding oil money for the people of the state of North Dakota. I live in Hannaford, N.D ., and even though it is a town of about 130 people, we live on a very popular BNSF rail line. A 110-car train comes through this town every 45 minutes or so.
I was wondering why the state doesn’t have any signs on the interstates letting drivers know of services offered at the next exit. Tourist and local travelers find this helpful whether it be food, gas or lodging. Many states offer this, and I’ve always found it helpful.
As I look on the Oil and Gas Commission’s map, it appears that drilling stops at the north of the county and begins again in the county to the south.
It makes me wonder why. Since I don’t have a clue who the other mineral owners are, could it be because no one can find them?
I believe you printed an article on where handicap placards should be placed. It said that we could now place in full view on the driver’s side of the dash instead of hanging. I did this and got a ticket from our police for improper placement. I tried to find out on the North Dakota government site but could find nothing.
With the recent passing of an elderly family member, cremation was discussed as a burial option. This discussion led to many questions, such as: Are crematories under any state guidelines and are they regulated by the state? What standards are they held to?
How many out-of-state companies pay North Dakota income tax and sales tax, what is the percentage compared to the in-state payers and what is the dollar value of income tax and sales tax collected from out-of-state companies?
Your (December) article showed a Common Schools Trust Fund valuation of $1.6 billion and the state owning 1.5 million mineral acres. It would be interesting to know the potential growth of this fund over the next 25 years.
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