House Minority Leader Kenton Onstad joined lawmakers from both parties in introducing a measure they called a "catch up and plan initiative." It would redirect to those counties a one-time $2.4 billion payment from the oil production tax, or about 80 percent of the entire fund over the next two years.
Funding for oil-producing counties in recent years hasn't come close to meeting the needs for such things as road building and repair, utilities, housing and schools, he said.
"There are infrastructure needs that should have been addressed six years ago," said Onstad, D-Parshall.
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The White House’s director of drug control policy says Williams County, in the heart of North Dakota’s Oil Patch, will be designated later this month as part of the federal government’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program.
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Still trying to outsmart me, aren't you, muleskinner. You want me to think that you don't want me to go down there, but the subtle truth is you really *don't* want me to go down there!
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General Custer said I was a muleskinner.
That's how I got my job.
The Borax 20 mule team was trained by me.
At 1 million barrels per day of oil being pumped into rail cars and exported out of North Dakota, we are all paying a very high price for the oil companies to be rolling in the dough.
North Dakotans are on the short end of the stick.
How did all of that oil that belongs to the oil companies get ten thousand feet under the North Dakota ground?
It doesn't belong to North Dakota or North Dakotans. The oil magnates in Houston will make sure of that.
The only people who are really benefiting are those who are selling the Bakken oil, nobody else.
365 million barrels times 90 is more than 30 billion dollars and you won't see one nickel of it. I twill be a negative return for North Dakotans.
Just call us Iraqis that are easily fooled.
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PeeWee, I strongly believe that the state is overcharging and taxes should be reduced. I believe each level of government should operate on a strict, stingent budget. The State is, IMHO, horrding money that should be in the hands of private citizens and business owners. They are ones who earned it and/or created it. All the government does is take it.
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Animal is likely a 20-something know-it-all raised on the Limpman's propaganda, or he fancies himself an entrepreneur and looks down on lowly laborer types. I think he is the former, though both are distasteful. He's clearly working with the Limpman's characterization of what a Liberal is, and that means he is deluded.
Most of us don't make profits, Animal, we make wages.
So let me get this straight. All you regulars on here that complain about government invovlement and wanting private companies to run and dictacte the market. Then when the market becomes strong and private companies drive up prices, now you want the government to pay for all the programs so it doesn't cost you anything? Way to talk out both sides of your mouth.
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animal, you must have bad head cold. I am in no way a liberal, but we are retired, and our resources are finite, unless we return to work. The flood caused us to use a hunk of money that we had set aside for retirement. I wasn't complaining in my first post and I am not complaining now either. I am simply stating facts.
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Muleskinner, Did you get your name from the movie "little big man!?
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There is a commercial property in Minot that is .68 acre. The price is 495,000 dollars.
There are 308 acres for sale in south Minot and is listed for 74 million dollars.
Land values have skyrocketed.
Go to realtor dot com and do a search. The properties are listed there.
Another listing for 112 acres is 33 million dollars.
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Housing valuations skyrocketed after flood, $500,000 house in Minot, yeah right. City getting more and more taxes every year and utilities going up as well. I saw a house for sale in 2007 for $269,000, it just listed for $419,000.
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Of the 6 comments: the libs are all doom and gloom, their not getting their fair share of free stuff! TYPICAL!! The one conservative sees the real picture more sales, more chance to make a profit, but that takes WORK, something the die hard libs want no part of!
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All I know is my company is selling a lot of materials for the housing that is going up out west and that means more $ in my pocket and my workers pockets plus we will be having profit sharing too.
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It's costing all of us and unless we get a grip on the governments reins and start making the unruly pony the government has turned into become obedient again we will continue to suffer poor leadership. Lets clear the building of incumbents in Bismarck next election. I double dare all of you to be brave and go for better representation.
It's costing all of us and unless we get a grip on the governments reins and start making the unruly pony the government has turned into become obedient again. Lets clear the building of incumbents in Bismarck next election. I double dare all of you to be brave and go for better representation.
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Unless the vote goes down to defeat. The prices are higher and therefore, we who are not part of the oil boom are losing.
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No, but the State is, in the Billions range. Meanwhile, we have a 7.5% sales tax, pay about $20 per sq foot or more in property tax and will be paying more to build schools.
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