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BISMARCK — Republicans introduce a late-session bill Friday that would hedge against low crude prices by eliminating price-based tax breaks and setting a lower flat tax on oil extraction, drawing...
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House and Senate are in disharmony over whether the state should spend additional money to operate the boyhood home of famous bandleader and native son Lawrence Welk as a historical site. House lawmakers on Wednesday stripped the State Historical Society's budget of $135,000 in operating funds that were added by the Senate. Gov.
BISMARCK -- Senate lawmakers on Thursday scrapped a proposal to shrink North Dakota's individual and corporate income tax rates by 5 percent, but the chairman of a House committee sitting on a separate proposal predicts a strong push for income tax relief in the House. Some lawmakers entered the session proposing significant cuts or elimination of personal income taxes, and the Senate's action Thursday underscored the change in attitude since oil prices collapsed and lowered the state's revenue forecast for 2015-17. Gov.
BISMARCK – Senate lawmakers on Thursday scrapped a proposal to shrink North Dakota’s individual and corporate income tax rates by 5 percent, but the chairman of a House committee sitting...
BISMARCK — After a 45-minute debate sprinkled with references to TV mom June Cleaver and "cradle-to-grave socialism," House lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to provide state funding for early childhood education, with half of the funding the Senate had approved. House lawmakers voted 51-40 to approve Senate Bill 2151.
BISMARCK — State senators endorsed a North Dakota University System budget on Wednesday that caps tuition at 2.5 percent for the next two years and reverses what one committee leader called "some micromanaging" in the House version of the bill. Senators voted 45-2 to approve House Bill 1003 with an 8.9 percent increase in ongoing expenses, finding a middle ground between the House recommendation and Gov. Jack Dalrymple's proposed 19.4 percent increase, said Sen.
BISMARCK — House Republicans thwarted an attempt by Democrats Tuesday to restore funding for a proposed state-run rail safety program that was cut from the North Dakota Public Service Commission's budget. Rep. Ron Guggisberg, D-Fargo, asked the House to adopt a minority report to restore $970,000 for two rail safety inspectors and a rail safety manager to supplement the Federal Railroad Administration's rail inspection program in the 2015-17 biennium.
By Mike Nowatzki Forum News Service BISMARCK — North Dakota’s 55-year-old governor’s residence moved one step closer to the wrecking ball Monday as House lawmakers restored funds to demolish and...
BISMARCK — Officials from two of nation's biggest oil and gas companies are urging North Dakota House lawmakers to approve legislation setting up a foundation to handle private donations for education-related purposes, after it received an unfavorable vote in committee. Among those pushing for passage of the bill is Steve McNally, general manager of North Dakota operations for Hess Corp., which donated $25 million to the state in 2011 to start a college and career readiness program called Succeed 2020. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said the Department of Public Instruction h
BISMARCK — Laura Kulsrud knows the bill that passed the North Dakota Legislature on Friday won’t give her instant access to the experimental drug she hopes will treat the terminal...