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Forum editorial: Hoeven has time to make his case all over the state

The delay until Monday of the start of a special session of the North Dakota Legislature is an opportunity for Gov. John Hoeven to make his case to the people of the state. His vetoes this week of three budget bills -- education, corrections and ...

The delay until Monday of the start of a special session of the North Dakota Legislature is an opportunity for Gov. John Hoeven to make his case to the people of the state. His vetoes this week of three budget bills -- education, corrections and information technology -- were bold. But many North Dakotans have not heard directly from him why they were necessary.

The governor began meeting Tuesday with legislative leaders in an attempt to find common ground prior to the start of the session. That's a fine goal, but only if the governor can wring compromise from lawmakers.

The governor has a few days to let the people know why vetoes were appropriate. He should take to the road, get on talk radio, do serious interviews and speak out wherever he can. His programs, after all, are much better for the state than the Legislature's.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper's Editorial Board

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