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Jacobs: ND chokes local governments because it can’t fleece DC

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Politics in North Dakota operate on a simple equation: North Dakotans want as much as we can get from Washington while giving as little as we can get away with to state and local governments.

Today, the corollary of this equation is in force: If you can’t work one side of the equation, work the other.

That’s what’s happening today in North Dakota politics. We’re trying to figure out how to give even less to Bismarck and even less than that to local governments.

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