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Port: Governor Doug Burgum is spot-on when it comes to repealing North Dakota’s parking meter ban

There is no question that Governor Doug Burgum is a bit of a booster when it comes to developing downtown spaces in North Dakota communities. That was his passion before he ran for office when he was an evangelist for, and major investor in, downtown Fargo.

Now that he’s in office it should surprise nobody that he’s promoting policies to bolster downtown development.

Some of this agenda is controversial. There is a heated debate in the Legislature right now over economic incentive programs such as Renaissance Zones which supporters say are needed to avoid vacancy and blight. But the perception, shared by many, is that these programs have been abused by local governments, becoming little more than handouts to the politically well-connected and huge businesses which don’t really need them.

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