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Bette Grande

Bette Grande is a research fellow for energy and pension issues at The Heartland Institute. Prior to coming to Heartland, she served as a North Dakota state representative from 1996–2014, representing the 41st district.

Bette Grande is a research fellow for energy and pension issues at The Heartland Institute. Prior to coming to Heartland, she served as a North Dakota state representative from 1996–2014, representing the 41st district. As a lawmaker, she served as chairman of the Employee Benefits Programs Committee and as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the Education and Environment Division.

Grande has also served as chair of the energy division of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, energy committee member of the Council of State Governments, and member of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Grande spent 12 years studying and reforming the pension system in North Dakota, working to move the state’s use of defined-benefit plans to defined-contribution plans in an effort to remove unfunded liabilities from the state taxpayers. As a result of Grande’s efforts, North Dakota now allows all state employees to opt into a portable defined-contribution plan.

Grande holds a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of North Dakota. She has been married to her husband Don for 34 years, and they have three adult children and one grandson. Born and raised in Williston, North Dakota, Grande’s family operates a multiple-generation family business in the Williston Basin, which is located in the heart of the Bakken formation.

Recent Articles and Publications

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February 28, 2017
By Richard J. Trzupek, Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Mischa Popoff, Bette Grande, Walter Cunningham, Walter Starck
"I think America needs an EPA, but we need an EPA that’s focused on protecting the environment, not on satisfying the whims of environmentalists" - Rich Trzupek
February 17, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Tim Benson, Bette Grande, Steven Milloy, Marc Morano, Christopher Essex, Tom Harris, Kenneth Haapala, James H. Rust, Walter Starck
‘Pruitt brings to the position a record of extraordinary competence, managerial skill, experience with environmental issues from the perspective of a state official, and, importantly, expertise in constitutional law.’ – Bette Grande
February 8, 2017
By Michael Hamilton, Bette Grande, John Davidson
“The entrenched special-interest groups of dentists who opposed this measure may now congratulate themselves for robbing each other of a chance to innovate, grow their practices, and treat needy patients.” - Michael Hamilton
February 8, 2017
By Bette Grande, Tim Benson, Walter Cunningham, Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, James H. Rust, Paul Crovo
"This is a common-sense approval that is long overdue. This pipeline will make it easier for domestic oil producers to compete in a global marketplace." - Isaac Orr
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January 31, 2017
By Bette Grande
Testimony Before the North Dakota House Education Committee On Education Savings Accounts
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January 13, 2017
By Michael Hamilton, Bette Grande, John Davidson
A joint publication of The Heartland Institute and Texas Public Policy Foundation, this Policy Brief makes a case for the licensing of dental therapists in North Dakota to improve access to basic and preventative oral care.
May 11, 2015
By Bette Grande
The North Dakota House of Representatives has passed a new law to form a committee to review federal legislation and agency regulations that detrimentally impact, or have the potential to detrimentally impact, the state’s agricultural, coal, and/or oil

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