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Measure 2 makes sense — we support a yes vote. Enacting the constitutional measure to ban state and political subdivisions from imposing a transfer tax on real estate transactions is smart.

At a time when state coffers are overflowing, property tax relief is important and deserved by homeowners in the state. Lower tax rates, meaning more dollars in taxpayer hands, supports economic growth.

Although North Dakota does not have transfer or mortgage taxes in place, tax relief efforts could prompt local municipalities to implement them unless Measure 2 language is in the constitution.

We support this constitutional measure, keeping the purchase of a home affordable, and continued property tax relief in North Dakota.

Yes on 6

Measure 6 deserves to pass — we support a yes vote. To assume either parent is unfit, at the beginning of a child custody case, is the wrong starting point. Presuming instead that both are on equal footing and fit, unless deemed otherwise, is the right course of action.

Both proponents and opponents of the measure will cite studies that support their point of view on why or why not the measure should pass. But compelling evidence for either group’s position is difficult to find.

To assume that one parent is better suited to raise a child than the other based on sexual gender is antiquated and cannot be substantiated. Both parents, when deemed fit, should be considered equal at the onset of any divorce case involving children. Both should be entitled to equal access.

No on 8

Measure 8 should be left for individual school districts to decide — we support a no vote. Different geographies create different needs related to both the start and end of the school year. We believe local control is important and that school start dates based on local community input are necessary.

If Measure 8 were enacted, schools will be left to reorganize their calendars in order to avoid ending the school year in mid-June, particularly during years when Labor Day falls on Sept. 6 or 7. Special consideration will be needed at the local level in those instances, if Measure 8 passes.

Proponents of the measure say schools have flexibility already, and can tighten the school year if they choose and avoid later ending dates. They feel adequate local control allowing individual schools to deal with school-end dates will still exist.

We believe that school start dates should be decided at the local level.