We support actions that promote the
prosperity of privately owned and operated
family farms. We support fair farm trade and
programs that help our communities thrive.
We believe family farmers deserve
cost-of-production PLUS a fair profit.
We support the strengthening and
enforcement of the existing anti-corporate farm
laws. We denounce all types of predatory
We support the development of
value-added agriculture o-ops to enhance the
financial return on commodities for family
farmers and ranchers.
We support the diversification of the
rural economy and the research and development
of new uses for agricultural crops.
We support public policies that
preserve and enhance competition in our
agricultural markets and resist the increasing
We support good stewardship of our
land, water, mineral, and other natural
resources. We live in relationship with these
resources and have a responsibility to conserve
and protect our state's natural resources for
the benefit of future generations.
We support reasonable state and
federal policies that ensure the integrity of
the environment balanced with the lawful rights
of individuals and the sound development of our
We recognize the importance of
educating present and future generations about
the need to preserve the quality of our
We support the delivery of clean water
to all areas of North Dakota to meet municipal,
rural, agricultural, and industrial water needs.
We support the sound utilization of
North Dakota's oil, gas, coal, and wind
resources and continued progress toward
component use of the elements found in these
resources. We encourage the development of a
state program that would create alternative
energy industries to enhance the environment as
well as provide economic development.
Health Care and
care services (including public health and
mental health) should be available to all of our
citizens. Comprehensive health care services
should include universal coverage, portability,
a broad scope of services, cost containment,
quality assurance, and choice of provider, as
well as respect for the privacy of
doctor-patient relationships, with special
emphasis on the needs of rural areas.
should utilize the resources from the tobacco
settlement to increase the public's awareness of
the harmful health effects of tobacco, to fund
health care, and to initiate programs to help
its citizens, particularly its youth, fight the
recognize that profitable businesses are
vital to the prosperity of our state. The needs
of business should be3 balanced with the good of
We believe all workers should have the
right of free association and the right to
organize a union in the workplace.
We believe that the state law
prohibiting union-shop agreements should be
repealed and that workers should have the right
to bargain collectively and when necessary, to
exercise their right to a legal strike without
fear of losing their jobs.
We believe that all our workers
deserve lining wages, safe workplaces, and
access to affordable, quality child-care. North
Dakotans should be protected by an adequate
safety net of unemployment compensation, workers
compensation, and pension benefits. We
support fair compensation and employment
practices for all North Dakotans.
We support maintaining and enhancing
the Bank of North Dakota and the North Dakota
Mill and Elevator.
We recognize we are
members of a diverse society and that
understanding and acceptance must be the basic
values of our society.
We support legislation
that enhances civil rights and liberties and
We support free access to
public information and reject efforts to
undermine any of our open records and open
We believe citizens
should be protected from unwarranted
interference in their private lives.
We believe in honoring
treaties with Native Americans. We support
Native American programs to preserve their
tribal language, culture and promote employment
training, education, and job development.
We support national,
state, and local budgets that maintain essential
programs and policies that protect the well
being of our citizens.
We are concerned about
areas in North Dakota that are losing population
and their ability to provide financing for
infrastructure improvements. We support
federal and state programs, such as the New
Homestead Act, to address the needs of these
We support the right of
all North Dakotans to have accessible and
affordable public utilities.
We support a fair and
balanced tax structure at all levels.
Educational institutions play a
fundamental role in preparing students of all
ages to assume their place as active,
responsible, and well-informed citizens.
We believe a
state-supported system of higher education is
necessary for economic growth and cultural
development and must be adequately supported.
We believe education must
be a high priority in our local, state, and
federal budgets. The over-reliance on property
taxes for education should be reduced and offset
by a more fair and equitable funding system for
all school districts.
We support legislation
that provides educators and other school
personnel with appropriate compensation, working
conditions, and other professional
We believe that whole
communities as well as families should support
our public schools.
While financial support is
important, citizen participation in school
improvement and reform projects is equally
We believe in human
rights and justice fro all.
We support "Fair Trade"
We affirm our support of
the United Nations and other international
organizations as instruments for peace.
We support multilateral
efforts between countries to work towards social
We believe in the
free-flow of information within and among all
We recognize the fact
that food to feed the hungry people of the world
reduces the threat of war; thus, we strongly
support a national farm policy that ensures the
production of this food.
We support a global ban
on the production, testing, deployment, and use
of nuclear, biological, chemical, and other
weapons of mass destruction.
We support a strong
national defense that strikes a balance between
the interests of our nations, a healthy economy,
and the social and economic needs of our
We support further review
of the NAFTA agreement as it exists.
We support policies that
move the US toward energy independence without
degrading the environment.