Governors descended on Washington, DC, Feb. 23-25 eager to exchange ideas and share experiences at the National Governors Association's 2013 Winter Meeting. Most of them face the challenge of maintaining adequate state services amid continuing reduced tax revenue from a still anemic economic recovery,
North Dakota's Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) is in a position other US governors might envy as crude oil production from the Bakken formation continues to climb. It's a good place to be, he conceded in his Jan. 8 State of the State address.
"We have seen amazing growth in crude oil production, increasing from 460,000 b/d when I spoke to you 2 years ago to 747,000 b/d currently," Dalrympl...