Over the past couple of weeks the North Dakota Democrats have been trying to turn a (very good) report about pay for absent lawmakers from Bismarck Tribune journalist Jack Dura into a talking point about mandating paid family leave.

I understand the argument, and believe Democratic leaders such as Senator Erin Oban (D-Bismarck) and Rep. Karla Rose Hanson (R-Fargo) are making it in good faith. They genuinely want to help people, and make North Dakota a better place to live and work, but what they’re proposing is bad policy likely to do more harm than good.

Still, it’s a fair debate to have.

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