BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA The cost of health insurance
By Ryan Schuster
Many blame insurance companies and rising health insurance premiums for increases in health care costs. But insurers are not the main driving force behind increasing health care cost... Posted on 2/22/13 at 12:13 PM
SENSE AND CENTSIBILITY 4 Simple Ways to Save Money
Iam sure you have noticed our paychecks getting a little smaller in 2013. With the end of the payroll tax holiday, the average household will see about $83-$140 less per month. To ease the impact on o... Posted on 2/4/13 at 10:30 AM
IN THE BLACK Bonus Gift Card Deals
With the holidays coming up many stores and restaurants are offering a bonus gift card of a certain amount if you purchase a specified amount of their gift cards. Besides using for gifts, you could a... Posted on 12/2/12 at 12:28 PM
REAL MONEY Consequences of Overspending on the Holidays
Millions of consumers have begun their holiday shopping, snagging sale items either in-person or online, and therefore considering themselves savvy shoppers. At the same time, many lost sight of the f... Posted on 11/29/12 at 11:22 AM
SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND "I Wish My Dad Would Take Me Out to Breakfast"
The amazing huz took the girl out for breakfast today.
This is yet another thing that I love about my family. Kerry has a standing commitment to a group of men for breakfast on Wednesday mornings. La... Posted on 9/14/11 at 9:39 PM
Lower-priced gas allowed Americans to step up their spending at retailers in April, from cars and clothes to electronics and appliances. The rebound from a weak March suggests consumers remain resilient in the face of higher taxes and could continue to drive economic growth this spring.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that "absolutely the tax issue is behind us" as a result of the "fiscal cliff" deal and that it's now time to focus solely on confronting what he calls "our spending addiction."
The oil boom in western North Dakota, along with higher-than-expected sales and income tax collections, are beefing up North Dakota state government’s financial reserves. Expectations are that by June 30, 2013, the state will be sitting on a $2 billion nest egg.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One budget deal down, President Barack Obama and Congress began to pivot Sunday from the painful standoff over this year's spending to a pair of defining debates over the nation's borrowing limit and the election-year budget.
BISMARCK — North Dakota legislators began reviewing a proposal Wednesday that would establish rules for tracking corporate political giving in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that lifted contribution restrictions.
By Trevor Born, The Associated Press
, February 03, 2011
ATLANTA — The nation’s biggest farm lobbying group supports a balanced budget. It’s against tax increases and says the federal government needs to tighten its belt.
Just don’t ask its members where the government should trim billions of dollars in agriculture spending — they can’t agree.
By Ray Henry, The Associated Press
, January 15, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) — Generous discounts lured American to stores for holiday gifts in November, providing cheer and robust sales gains for retailers. That raises hopes, already buoyed by reports of crowded malls over the crucial Thanksgiving weekend, for a strong holiday shopping season.
BISMARCK — A proposed new savings account for North Dakota’s oil tax collections won’t affect oil money that is already set aside for schools, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Monday.
Stenehjem, in a legal opinion, said a proposed constitutional amendment to establish an oil tax “legacy fund” may affect the amounts of money that other oil tax recipients are receiving. However, the amendment would not bar the Legislature from changing those formulas, the attorney general said.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, September 21, 2010
The Jamestown Public School Board expressed interest in spending surplus money on teacher aides. We support that idea, assuming the district can afford it in the long term.
Teachers, administrators and support staff have all said classrooms need more teacher aides. We all want the best for our students and if increasing aides is what’s best, of course we support it. But it’s easy to advocate for something we can’t afford.
Shoppers are finally coming out of hibernation.
Better weather and an earlier Easter enticed Americans to shell out for spring clothes in March, the fourth straight month of gains for retail sales. Target, Macy’s, Gap and the parent of Victoria’s Secret all beat Wall Street expectations.
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