3:28 PM, Jul 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Rather than legislatively ratcheting up the legal minimum wage, with the attendant political grandstanding, hand wring, and finger pointing (we leave anything out?), how about this? Let’s kick the economy into high gear so that it expands so robustly that employers are pushed into competing for workers through the radical, unheard of mechanism of offering them higher wages?
Sounds way over the top, perhaps, but it is working in North Dakota as Rob Port of the Daily Signal reports:
As policymakers in Washington, D.C., debate raising the federal minimum wage, entry-level workers in North Dakota enjoy pay levels nearly twice the current federal minimum.
The legislators would have to get out of the way and the bureaucrats would have to stand down.
Price we’d have to pay.
2:06 PM, Feb 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The highest rents in the country aren't in major metropolises like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago--they're in Williston, North Dakota. Business Insider reports that the highest average monthly rents for entry-level, one-bedroom apartments can be found in Williston, a small town in northwestern North Dakota that's the central city in the state's oil boom of recent years.
10:28 AM, Nov 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In North Dakota, only 30 people have so far signed up for Obamacare. Meanwhile, 35,000 people have already or will be losing their existing health insurance plans in that state alone. WDAY reports:
"New information tonight, on the number of North Dakotans signing up for health insurance, under the state's federally-run marketplace," says the local reporter. "The insurance commission says just 30-people have signed up so far."
Starting over in North Dakota.Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In O. E. Rølvaag’s Giants in the Earth, homesteader Per Hansa and his family depart from the safety of their Norwegian immigrant community in Minnesota for the open land of the Dakota Territory. This is something Americans have done for hundreds of years—leave home for the chance to start anew. Today, the frontier isn’t far from where the homesteaders of the 19th century settled. North Dakota (unemployment rate 3.2 percent and falling) is a place where plenty of Americans are finding their second chance.
9:40 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Gail Collins traveled from Manhattan to North Dakota to see what a real American boomtown looks like and report her findings to readers of the New York Times.
Jun 25, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 39 • By JOSEPH BOTTUM
North Dakota is a rich state, relatively speaking. Good Midwesterners of mostly Scandinavian descent, those Dakotans always tried to live within their means, with the result that the state never ran up much debt, even in the lean years. And recent times have been far from lean: The boom in oil development—and consequent tax revenues—throughout the Bakken formation has produced an easily balanced budget of $4.1 billion for the state in 2012, despite $500 million in property and income tax reductions.
9:10 AM, Jun 8, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has a miniscule lead over Republican Rick Berg in the Senate race to replace retiring Democrat Kent Conrad.
10:17 PM, Mar 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rick Santorum is now projected to win the North Dakota Republican presidential contest.
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