Don't abolish property taxes
By Jeremy Jackson on May 5, 2019

The 66th legislative session is over. This session brought its own unique challenges and ideas. As an economist, several proposals captured my attention, including one that seems to be debated every year: abolishing property taxes.

Healthcare needs price competition, not just transparency
By Raymond March on March 20, 2019

Is Washington finally about to remedy one of the key maladies plaguing American healthcare? Perhaps. But regulatory policies in...

North Dakota economy falls in fiscal ranking
By Jeremy Jackson on November 24, 2018

Recent reports paint a bleak picture of the North Dakota economy. As the next legislative session approaches, we would do well to consider their findings...

A solution to North Dakota's budget woes
By Jeremy Jackson on October 19, 2018

It's no surprise to anyone that North Dakota suffers from revenue volatility that makes it difficult to manage the state budget, but there are policy tools at our disposal...

Vaping is bad, regulation is worse
By Raymond March on October 4, 2018

A recent editorial by the Grand Forks Herald urged North Dakota lawmakers to “recognize e-cigarettes as the tobacco products they are.” Noting recent actions...

Breastfeeding controversy shows need for private efforts - not government campaigns
By Raymond March on August 15, 2018

The Trump administration has come under fire for trying to block a World Health Assembly resolution on breastfeeding in developing nations...

What is blockchain?
By James Caton on August 6, 2018

Blockchain. This word keeps popping up in the news and online. Many predict that blockchain technology will transform...

Right-to-try is just what the doctor ordered
By Raymond March on July 13, 2018

In 2017, Shaun Downs was diagnosed with a rare form of pancreatic cancer and was given a year to live...

On the minimum wage
By Jeremy Jackson on March 15, 2018

A recent Forum article indicates the beginning of debate on a proposed $15 minimum wage in North Dakota. Before that debate begins, I want to interject with the latest economic research...


Federal trucking regulation bad for North Dakota
By Raheem Williams and David Roberts on February 10, 2018

Food production and transportation are fundamental to North Dakota’s economy...

There is plenty of work available for North Dakotans and immigrants alike
By Raheem Williams and Jeremy Jackson on January 29, 2018

A recent letter to the editor decried falling wages in North Dakota and placed blame squarely on the state's growing immigrant population. However...

North Dakota's occupational licensing needs improvement
By Jeremy Jackson on November 21, 2017

In many ways, North Dakota was and continues to be a beacon for the American Dream. That is, the belief that people can work hard to achieve upward social mobility and prosperity from humble roots...

North Dakota ranks 2nd in State Fiscal Health, but for how long?
By Jeremy Jackson on July 15, 2017

A recent study released by the Mercatus Center ranks all 50 states according to their fiscal health. North Dakota ranks second in the country behind only Florida...

Remove the chains on higher education
By Jeremy Jackson on June 29, 2017

Higher education in North Dakota needs more competition and decentralization, not increased hierarchical bureaucracy...



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