After months of agonizing wait, we can throw our hands up in the air and cheer that the voters of North Dakota resoundingly said no to Measure 2.
This is so important for all the reasons that people talked about–schools, parks, fire and police departments, infrastructure, and the like. It is, however, also important for the arts. The Arts Partnership, and the organizations that we re-grant dollars to, depends on City funding in large part to do the work we do. It seems unlikely that the legislators in Bismarck would have had the same vested interest in the arts in our communities that the Cities of Fargo and West Fargo currently do. I can’t imagine how we would have coped with the loss of that control by local governments.
If you voted against Measure 2, I say thank you. If you voted for it, I am in agreement that tax reform would be a great thing, but I will say I am so grateful this is not the path we are going to go down.
I am proud of the residents of North Dakota for getting out to vote, first of all, and then for having the foresight to see that this was not the way to local progress and prosperity.