Fracking good times: North Dakota tops U.S. income gains

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  California, National, Nevada, News, North Dakota, South Dakota  /  No Comments

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH: Oil and gas are powering North Dakota's nation-leading rise in personal wealth -- despite personal and corporate income taxes.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close.
From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
South Dakota came in a distant second, registering a 10 percent gain.
North Dakota’s 2012 per-capita personal [...]

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Senator continued to cite study months after it was withdrawn

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

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A North Dakota State University study into the economic impact of rail delays was pulled by researchers after problems with its methodology, but neither the university nor Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who requested the study, bothered to tell people.

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Common Core critics fire back at Dalrymple comments

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

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North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has made some of his first public comments about the controversial Common Core standards, and critics don’t like what they’re hearing.

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Want cheaper gas and economic growth? Lift crude oil exports ban, study says

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Texas  /  No Comments

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A study claims lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban would cut prices at the pump, reduce unemployment by 200,000 a year and boost the U.S. economy by up to $1.8 trillion.

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Lawmakers say conservation measure could hurt tax relief efforts

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are divided over what sort of tax relief should come out of the 2015 legislative session, but one area of agreement is that a ballot measure could have a big impact on whether tax relief passes at all.
Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican [...]

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Pay for ND university presidents has increased at twice national rate

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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The N.C. State Board of Higher Education last week approved pay raises for the presidents at the state’s 11 public universities, the latest in aggressive increases at a rate double the rise in per-capita income of Americans.

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