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Will laws-by-petition turn ND into California? Recent run of ballot initiatives concerning to some

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FARGO — North Dakota’s bulging budget surplus produced in part by the oil bonanza has sparked interest in ballot drives for spending initiatives or tax cuts.


North Dakotans have never been bashful about taking their concerns to voters in the form of ballot measures, whether by initiative or referendum.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to