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North Dakota’s state finances exceed expectations

December 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota is again on its way to building up a state surplus of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The general fund’s projected ending balance for June 30, 2013, is $383.2 million, a jump from the $51 million ending balance projected when the Legislature adjourned this spring. Continue Reading

Analysis: Minnesota’s deficit one of the biggest

March 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s speeches these days contain one sure-fire applause line: “We’re not Wisconsin.” That is true, and Minnesotans appreciate the fact that thousands of protesters have not descended on their Capitol. But by at least one measure, Minnesota is worse than its eastern neighbor. Continue Reading

Opinion: Recent ‘Other view’ editorial was misrepresentation

February 4, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Democrats in the Legislature don’t have a full-time budget staff of 30 like the governor. Admittedly, a bunch of citizen legislators started our plan on a napkin. But it’s a good plan, and your newspaper grossly misrepresented it when you republished the Watertown Public Opinion editorial last week (in last Saturday’s “Other view” section).
The Public Opinion writer said “Democrats, when asked (about the state’s $1 billion cash flow account), didn’t know any details.” That’s absurd. Nobody asked. Continue Reading&

Letters to the Editor

February 4, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Please, buckle your kids’ seat belts
To the Editor:
Early in the morning last week, I was driving my personal vehicle dropping my son off at preschool. As I drove by an elementary school, I observed multiple kids roughly 5 to 10 years old without seat belts on.
The kids I observed without seat belts on were very obvious. One of the kids was leaning in between the front seats of a passenger car, and another was riding in the front seat of a truck standing on the seat next to the driver. The drivers of both of these vehicles obviously knew their kids were not buckled up, and they obviously didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. Continue Reading&

Letters to the Editor

January 28, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Disappointed with recent letter-writer
To the Editor:
I read with interest and disappointment the letter to the editor on Saturday, Jan. 22, written by Stacy Nettinga regarding the city’s outdoor skating area.
This is a case where Stacy wrote to the public without knowledge regarding the city’s outdoor skating rink. The city has provided outdoor public skating at Munroe Park for many years. This year, it was moved to the Activities Center area, with my approval, for personal efficiencies, off-street parking and the availability of a warming area and concession in the Activities Center. Continue Reading

Other View: South Dakota Editorial Roundup

January 28, 2011 in The Daily Republic

There’s no pot of gold for South Dakota’s state budget
Last week (Jan. 21), Democrats in the South Dakota Legislature responded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget plan by presenting one of their own. While they are willing to accept about $42 million of the $127 million in budget cuts Daugaard proposed, they strongly disagreed with his plan to cut $55 million from education and $30 million from health care services for the needy. They proposed spending the state’s $107 million in reserves over the next three years, taking unspecified amounts from state trust funds beyond the normal interest earnings, and possibly reaching into state government’s cash flow account. Continue Reading

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GOP takes first crack at Minnesota deficit

January 27, 2011 in INFORUM

All DFL House reps opposed legislation

ST. PAUL Minnesota House Republicans found no Democrats willing to join their first 2011 attempt at trimming the state budget. <a href=”http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/306504/”>Continue Reading</a>

Daugaard proposes $127M general fund cut in speech to Legislature

January 19, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Two weeks into his new administration, Gov. Dennis Daugaard stood alone before a joint assembly of the Legislature Wednesday and called for budget cuts of at least 10 percent throughout the state government departments and offices under his control.
“The gun is at our head,” he said. “I’m tired of looking at death from a thousand paper cuts.”
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New GOP bosses give take on upcoming Minnesota session

December 29, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

The top four GOP state leaders in Minnesota were to go before reporters today to offer a rundown of their agenda. Republicans hold both chambers for the first time in decades, but they’ll have to deal with a Democratic governor. Continue Reading

Pawlenty says it’s ‘unlikely’ Minnesota will tap credit line

September 9, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Tim Pawlenty says it’s “unlikely” Minnesota will need to borrow money to pay its bills. Continue Reading