On Monday we got a glimpse into Governor Burgum’s version of the state budget. Though official bill drafts and amendments have not yet been introduced, we’ve received his priorities in a press release. One of the proposals that stood out to me was the potential for public employees to begin paying into the premiums of […]
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About Tyler Axness
Tyler Axness is the creator of NDx and the radio talk show host of Afternoons Live on KFGO in Fargo weekdays 2-5PM.
Tonight a press release went out from Governor Burgum’s office detailing his budget proposals. The Governor’s plan comes at the beginning of the third legislative week. The announcement states Burgum, “presented legislative leaders Monday with an executive budget proposal that recommends additional cuts and realigns spending priorities to spur innovation, creativity and the reinvention of […]
Another break in tradition marked the beginning of the 65th Legislative Session. Rather than the Honorable Chief Justice Gerald Vandewalle addressing a joint session of the House and Senate in front of the public, the “State of the Judiciary” was placed in a nine-page document left on legislators’ desks. When Legislative Management chose to cancel […]
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting with Sally Boynton Brown. Sally is currently the Executive Director of the Democratic Party in Idaho. In December, she announced her candidacy to be the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Sally reached out to me after I published an Open Letter to the Democratic […]
In 2013, the State of North Dakota and the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation (MHA) entered into an agreement on oil production and extraction taxes collected from oil activity on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The agreement avoided tax confusion on the industry and showed cooperation between two sovereign governments. It was my first session in […]
We have all heard the budget situation in North Dakota has slumped over the past couple of years. Our state’s Constitution requires a balanced budget. Across-the-board budget cuts, positions going unfilled, and pulling back certain services have taken place. Governor Burgum and the Legislature have declared they will balance the budget, “with no new taxes!” But, […]
If you were looking for the floor session schedules of the North Dakota House and Senate today, your search would come up empty. If you were curious about tomorrow’s, I’ll save you the trouble and tell you it won’t be there. Rather than business as usual, the members of the 65th session will push through […]
Governor Burgum struck the right note when he spoke about the need to stop utilizing our jails and prisons as mental health and addiction treatment centers. The state’s corrections budget has exploded, and our new jails are full. The last stat I heard, it costs taxpayers over $30,000 per inmate per year. Meanwhile, in speaking […]
Throughout the morning, North Dakota’s lone Congressman Kevin Cramer was stumbling, mumbling, and bumbling over his words when trying to convince the public last night’s surprise vote by Congressional Republicans to “gut the independent ethics office” was a good move. Cramer did not hide the fact he supported the move during the voice vote. We […]
Here is one of the many action items I want to hear in Governor Burgum’s address to the 65th Legislative Session: “As I said I’d do in my campaign to become the Governor of the Great State of North Dakota, I will support a full performance audit of the Oil and Gas Division of the […]
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ND xPlains is about transparency and accountability for all sides in the arena of North Dakota politics. It is a place to come for the rest of the story. The narrative created by a void of an independent perspective will be challenged. If you’re tired of having the same thinly stretched slant thrown at you and are looking for other voices, you’ve come to the right place.
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