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The North Dakota Legislative Review

The North Dakota Legislative Review

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Published by Brett Narloch
The North Dakota Legislative Review is a comprehensive look at how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. This analysis includes appropriations bills and bills that incorporated ideas put forth in Moving Forward, our policy guide, to give citizens a look at how their legislators voted on the issues most important to the North Dakota Policy Council.

The NDPC tracked twenty-four bills during the legislative session that ranged from nullifying the new federal health care law to tax increment financing (TIF) reform. There were also dozens of appropriations bills that were debated in each chamber, totaling more than $10 billion in spending. Those bills varied in size from $2.2 billion to as little as $4,000.
The North Dakota Legislative Review is a comprehensive look at how state legislators voted during the 2011 legislative session. This analysis includes appropriations bills and bills that incorporated ideas put forth in Moving Forward, our policy guide, to give citizens a look at how their legislators voted on the issues most important to the North Dakota Policy Council.

The NDPC tracked twenty-four bills during the legislative session that ranged from nullifying the new federal health care law to tax increment financing (TIF) reform. There were also dozens of appropriations bills that were debated in each chamber, totaling more than $10 billion in spending. Those bills varied in size from $2.2 billion to as little as $4,000.

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 PO Box 3007, Bismarck, ND 58502phone: 701.223.8155email: info@policynd.org | www.policynd.org
The North Dakota Legislative Review
A comprehensive review of the 2011 North Dakota Legislative Session 
The North Dakota Legislative Review is acomprehensive look at how state legislatorsvoted during the 2011 legislative session.This analysis includes appropriations billsand bills that incorporated ideas put forth in
 Moving Forward 
, our policy guide, to givecitizens a look at how their legislators votedon the issues most important to the NorthDakota Policy Council.The NDPC tracked twenty-fourbills during the legislative sessionthat ranged from nullifying the newfederal health care law to taxincrement financing (TIF) reform.There were also dozens of appropriations bills that weredebated in each chamber, totalingmore than $10 billion in spending.Those bills varied in size from $2.2billion to as little as $4,000.
The Good
Income Tax Cuts
HB1047 passed the legislatureproviding North Dakota taxpayerswith $145 million in personal andcorporate income tax cuts. Thoughincome taxes should be eliminated,all tax cuts are good tax cuts.
Obamacare
The state legislature took significantsteps to combat the effects of Obamacare onNorth Dakotans, passing three bills doingso: HB1165 makes it illegal to compel NorthDakotans to purchase health insurance;SB2309 declares Obamacare to beunconstitutional and protects the rights of North Dakotans to purchase medicalservices free from government interference;
Chart 1: This is a list of the bills tracked by the NDPC during the 2011legislative session.
 
 
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HCR3016 is a resolution encouraging theUS Congress to repeal Obamacare.Unfortunately, the House of Representativesdid not pass HCR3014, the Health CareFreedom Act state constitutionalamendment, which would have put a stateconstitutional measure on the 2012statewide ballot that had similar language toHB1165 and SB2309. A constitutionalamendment would have been better becauseit would have been much harder to undo inthe future. The House also rejected HB1291which would have directed the governor toenter into an interstate compact with allother willing states to eliminate the effectsof Obamacare on North Dakotans.
Tenth Amendment
The NDPC's third annual Free MarketForum took place in September 2010."Defending the Tenth" was the theme of theevent, which featured speakers BarryGoldwater, Jr. and Dr. Thomas Woods. Thelegislature acted on the message from thatevent and took several steps - albeit smallones - toward defending North Dakotansfrom federal government overreach. Theypassed the previously mentioned billsdealing with Obamacare and HCR3015,demanding the federal government to onlyexercise the powers granted to it in the USConstitution.The legislature also passed SCR4007, whichis an application submitted by the state tothe federal government initiating anamendments convention to amend the USConstitution to require any increase in thedebt ceiling be approved by a majority of thestates. This bill is probably more of apolitical statement than something that willactually occur, but - even so - the politicalstatement is strong.Unfortunately, though, the legislaturerejected HB1287, which would haverequired the EPA to get state approval toimpose any regulations.
Property Rights
The legislature passed SB2204 whichrequires legislative approval of all moneygiven to the Northern Plains NationalHeritage Area, a federal program designedto enact local government land use changesvia federal grants of money.
TIF Reform
In response to the North Dakota PolicyCouncil's lawsuit against the City of Bismarck, the legislature passed SB2050reforming tax increment financing laws.Agricultural-assessed land can no longer beconsidered blight - a prerequisite for theinclusion of property in a TIF district - andthe property tax siphoned away from schooldistricts, counties, and other taxing jurisdictions will have to be periodicallyadjusted, shifting more property tax dollarstowards those entities and away from TIFslush funds.
Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
The legislature passed SB2327, prohibitingthe use of government resources to advocatefor or against initiated measures.
 
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The Bad
Pension Reform
The House of Representatives narrowlyrejected HB1228 and thoroughly rejectedHB1258 which would have reformed thestate employees' pension system andteachers' retirement fund from defined-benefits program to a 401k-style defined-contribution programs eliminating anyfuture burden on taxpayers when theliabilities in the fund grow faster than themoney in the fund. In other words, thesebills would have eliminated future taxpayerbailouts of public pension systems.
Economic Development
SB2057 easily passed the legislature,appropriating $133 million for corporatewelfare subsidies and other politically-motivated "economic development"benefits. Article X, Section 18 of the NorthDakota Constitution specifically prohibitsthe state from giving loans or handouts tocorporations, and this bill is full of thosetypes of programs.In addition, taxing productivity torun the revenue through anexpensive and inefficientbureaucracy only to spend thatmoney on politically-favoredprojects and industries is anathemato free-markets and constrainseconomic growth.
Higher Education
Despite an interesting attempt bythe House of Representatives toreduce the size of the increase of theuniversity system's budget from 20% to15%, the legislature ultimately passedHB1003 which appropriated $754 million tothe university system and restored most of what the House tried to cut.
The Ugly
Budget Increase
The 2011-13 budget passed by thelegislature totaled more than $4 billion, anincrease of 25% over the previous budget.The general fund budget has now increased125% since the 2003-05 budget. To put thatinto perspective, the federal budget hasincreased 68% over the same time period.Using dramatic state revenue as an excuse tomassively increase spending, again, thelegislature has put the state budget on anunsustainable path should revenue stagnate.But even if state revenue continues to sky-rocket, there is little justification -economically or morally - for such budgetincreases.
 
Chart 2: Including the recently passed budget, general fund appropriationshave increased 125% since 2003.
 

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