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Research Fellow Isaac Orr introduces the latest addition to The Heartland Institute’s team, Research Fellow Bette Grande. Bette is a former legislator from North Dakota who served in the ND legislature for nearly two decades. During that time she specialized in pension reform and energy issues.
Bette and Isaac also talk about oil production in North Dakota as oil prices have fallen by 50 percent from their highs in June, and how this affects state budget planning. One budget measure that has become hotly contested in the face of lower crude prices is a measure called “The Surge,” an influx of funds to repair infrastructure and pay for other public services in the oil-producing region of the state.