John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — Legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota will cost state agencies and local governments more than $6.6 million over the next few years, according to estimates lawmakers received Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12. But some other costs, as well as potential tax revenue, remain unknown, the report said.
BISMARCK — Nearly 300 North Dakota state employees have applied for a buyout amid requested cuts under Gov. Doug Burgum, state budget officials said Tuesday, Sept. 11. Of the 294 applications received under the "voluntary separation incentive program," 121 came from the Department of Human Services, the state's largest agency. Another 67 came from the Department of Transportation while the Department of Health and Information Technology Department each accounted for 23.
BISMARCK — A preliminary forecast released Wednesday, Sept. 5, showed a bump in expected North Dakota tax revenues for the next two-year budget cycle, but Republican Gov. Doug Burgum maintained his push for a "conservative approach" to budgeting.
BISMARCK — On a recent morning in the basement of Bismarck’s public library, Heidi Heitkamp wiped away tears as she listened to heart-wrenching stories from North Dakotans facing life-altering ailments.
BISMARCK — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the federal government by an injured Dakota Access Pipeline protester seeking her seized property. U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright of Minnesota dismissed Sophia Wilansky's complaint without prejudice Monday, Aug. 27. She suffered serious injuries when an object exploded while she was protesting the oil pipeline in November 2016.
BISMARCK — North Dakota politicians and the head of its coal industry group welcomed a proposed Trump administration rule on power plant pollution Tuesday, Aug. 21, while a local environmentalist derided it as a "gift" to the industry. The Environmental Protection Agency revealed the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule Tuesday, which would replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The earlier rule never went into effect after legal challenges but would have required North Dakota to cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030, causing concern among utility executives.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court said Tuesday, Aug. 14, the state of Minnesota owes North Dakota $1.3 million in attorney fees after losing a lawsuit over its clean energy law. Minnesota's appeal over the attorney fees came after North Dakota's successful fight against its eastern neighbor's law, dubbed the Next Generation Energy Act. North Dakota argued the law violated the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by restricting electricity imports that would increase carbon dioxide emissions.
BISMARCK — North Dakotans will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, two years after voters approved the drug’s medical use. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Monday, Aug. 13, the group pushing a ballot measure submitted 14,637 valid signatures last month, about 1,200 more than it needed to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state employees are now prohibited from using cell phones while driving state fleet vehicles and other cars during work hours under a new policy that's more restrictive than current law. The state Department of Transportation policy was implemented at the beginning of July but was announced Monday, Aug. 6, as part of the state's "Vision Zero" traffic safety campaign. The policy also covers state employees using their personal vehicles while on the clock.
BISMARCK — Nearly a decade removed from Congress, former North Dakota Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy is eyeing a more permanent return to his home state — eventually. Pomeroy and his wife, Mary, split time between the Washington, D.C., area, where he works at a law firm focusing on "public policy advocacy," and North Dakota. The two have a home near family in Grand Forks, where Mary still fills in as a substitute teacher.