Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday his new Task Force on Property Tax Reform will identify “meaningful, long-term savings” for taxpayers, while a top Democratic lawmaker said the problem hasn’t been a lack of good ideas but rather the Republican-controlled Legislature’s lack of openness to them. With several of the task force’s 14 members standing behind him at the Capitol, Dalrymple said the state has made “great progress” in reducing the tax burden on North Dakotans. Lawmakers have provided about $2.4 billion in tax relief since 2009, with roughly $1.5 billion of that coming through reductions in local property taxes, including $856 million for the current biennium.
BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple is forming a task force to study permanent property tax reform in North Dakota. Dalrymple will announce the details of the task force, including its...
BISMARCK – Along with the traditional ice scrapers, emergency kits and snow tires, North Dakotans are increasingly turning to another tool to meet the challenges of winter travel: their smartphones...
MANDAN - Belle Carlsen crouches down at the bottom of the stairs, puts her ponytailed head to the floor and kicks her legs into the air to perform a handstand against the wall. Within seconds, Abby Carlsen is copying her, bracing her body upside-down against the couch. It’s gymnastics time for the Carlsen twins.
BISMARCK — A website designed to improve public access to information about oil spills and releases of other potentially harmful liquids in North Dakota will launch next week, barring any unforeseen issues, a state health official said Friday. The North Dakota Department of Health began developing the website in the wake of a massive oil spill that was discovered Sept. 29 near Tioga but wasn’t publicly disclosed until Oct. 10, and only after a news reporter asked about it.
BISMARCK — The Bakken oil boom has brought jobs and prosperity to the Three Affiliated Tribes in northwestern North Dakota, but also a major challenge: The percentage of natural gas...
MANDAN – The lack of a long-term federal farm bill is jeopardizing foreign trade offices and programs that have contributed to the best five-year run of agricultural trade in U.S. history and allowed North Dakota to more than double its exports of farm products since 2006, farmers and government officials said here Friday. “Now’s not the time to stop this agricultural-trade freight train. I mean, we are going stronger than we ever have in history, and we need to keep this going,” Michael Scuse, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, said during a roundtable discussion in Mandan with U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and representatives of farm-related companies and commodity groups.
BISMARCK – Only four groups have applied for grants from North Dakota’s new Outdoor Heritage Fund since the application period opened a month ago, but the person handling the requests...
BISMARCK – North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm said Thursday he is asking health insurance companies doing business in the state to renew policies for customers who were notified that...
BISMARCK — Giving county tax directors and top city assessors three years to get fully trained and certified while they continue to put values on people’s property for tax purposes “doesn’t seem right,” a member of a legislative committee said Wednesday. Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, said during a meeting of the Legislature’s Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations that proper assessments are “at the very heart” of property tax bills.