News: Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

The common assumption is that ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft reduce demand on road infrastructure and reduce traffic and congestion. But the economics of a disruptive innovation on human behavior is rarely that simple. New studies are showing the low-cost of the service often captures a latent demand from users that would have otherwise walked, biked, used public transportation, or batched their trip. The result so far,...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Diversifying an oil and gas economy in Carlsbad, NM

Carlsbad, New Mexico — it’s a city with more than a few similarities to Minot. Notably, it’s fortunes also rise and fall with the price of oil. It’s a cycle that’s led community leaders and business owners alike if there aren’t better ways to build a sustainable livelihood and economy. Sound familiar? As a solution, Carlsbad is turning towards hospitality and tourism, and another familiar theme here on...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Fires are torching Montana, and the money is running out

As the rain thankfully falls, there will be a small reprieve from the fire concerns. But single storm won’t right the rain deficit, and the fire threat is likely to remain through the fall. In Montana, where they’ve been fighting fires all summer, the resources are dwindling. Matt Volz with the Associated Press has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Western governors back Endangered Species Act, with changes

The Western Governors Association, an association of 22-western Governors, met in Montana recently. Among the topics of business, a discussion and ultimately a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act with a few caveats. Some of the concerns are that states have a larger voice in the federal decisions that impact them and that once recovered, species that are no longer endangered are removed from the protected...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Trump tells CEOs he’ll only back shovel-ready infrastructure

Investing in America’s infrastructure was a common theme throughout President Trump’s campaign, and his rhetoric is now turning towards the issue. The condition he’s placing on the investments he wants to make — that they’re shovel ready. It’s news worth noting here in Minot where we have several hundred million dollars of infrastructure with permitting and bid documents just months away from completion.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Montana Senate passes broadband internet privacy measure

It now seems plausible that with the federal repeal of Internet privacy restrictions on Internet service providers (ISP), we’ll end up with a hodge-podge of state enacted privacy laws. The Montana Senate passed a law barring ISPs the ability to bid on state contracts if they collect customer data without consent. Other states are considering laws as well.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: AP Exclusive: Taxes could flow with Dakota Access pipeline

The Associated Press has done the math, and their results show the pipeline may add as much as $110 million to state coffers annually. The AP paints the issue in the light that ND leaders were in favor of the pipeline because of the dollars. Commentary: if that’s the case, is there anything wrong with advocating for infrastructure the more efficiently delivers commodities to market? Especially when that...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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