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Governor Hoeven's Elitist Parking Area PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 05:48
Staff Parking Only

If you've been to the Capitol Building during the legislative session this winter, you know parking is at a prime.  The best parking spaces are filled early and often.  But one thing that's new this year is a section in one of the best "customer parking" lots.  In the lot just West of the North Dakota Highway Department  building, in the row of parking spaces closest to the "circle drive,"  the entire row has flourescent orange cones set up and signs indicating "Parking By Permit Only." (Click here to see the yellow highlighted area I'm talking about.)

If you've ever worked in a service industry job, one thing you know is that employees always park in the parking spaces farthest from the front door of the business.  This is as true at any restaurant as it is at any big box retail store.  It's true in the parking lots of most businesses that have parking lots.  

Question:  Who gets the "Permits" for the parking spots closest to the front door of the North Dakota State Capitol?  

Answer:  Governor John Hoeven's staff. 

What's funny about this parking area is that anybody can park in those "permit only" parking spaces.  Despite the (mis)information on the signs, you don't need a permit to park there   We have a law in North Dakota that says nobody can do anything about it if you park in those spots during the legislative session.  Here's what it says:

Whenever any authorized law enforcement officer finds, on state charitable or penal institution property or on the state capitol grounds, a vehicle standing, stopped, or parked in a dangerous location or in violation of any official traffic-control device prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing, or parking of any vehicle, the officer shall place a written warning on the vehicle for the first offense and thereafter an authorized traffic citation may be issued. However, no traffic citation may be issued for a violation of this subsection occurring on the state capitol grounds during a legislative session.

NDCC § 39-10-48(4) [emphasis added]

The signs your government has put up actually misrepresent the law.  Your Governor is lying to you so that his staff can get better parking spots than you and I get.  How pathetic is that?

The Governor should learn a little something about customer service from folks who've worked in the service industry.  His employees should park in the furthest parking spaces, not the closest.  Or they should have to fight for the same parking spots over which the rest of us fight. 

You pay taxes on those parking spots, too.  You should use them.  (I do.)

You deserve it, too.

Comments (6)add comment

MG said:

This reminds me of back in the 80s when Bill Janklow was governor of South Dakota and tried to get the legislators to pass a bill allowing him to put a red flashing light on his car so he could get to personal events by speeding through Pierre.
March 17, 2009
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S. Fred Wood said:

Why am I not surprised?
Um, because the Governor's staff are a bunch of snobs. Reflection of the boss?
March 17, 2009
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Johnathan said:

If you think that's bad...
Just look at the parking situation at our state's "public" universities. UND, NDSU, even Minot State, have ridiculous and constantly-expanding permit parking operations that only serve to reduce public access.
March 17, 2009 | url
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Big Jake said:

It would appear that being elected to a 3rd term carries with it privileges of the Monarch.

Take the cones---move them to the sidewalk. If any of Hoeven's staff is observed in any of these spaces, a note on their windshield would be appropriate. Why should we expect anything different ---elitists one and all. Where is our backbone????
March 17, 2009 | url
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Ambulatory Guy said:

If you are able to walk and move about pain free, walking to the capital from a distant parking spot should be the least of your worries. On a beautiful spring day, walking should be a priority. I personally would be embarrased by such a parking situation. Walk now while you can, there will come a day when you wish you could.
March 18, 2009
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doug d.riley said:

it is amazing that when the legislature is in session that the highway patrol is all over the place but no-one sees anything,what BIG JAKE said earlier about backbones is true,i truly believe that there are only a handful of folks in this state that have one or even knows what one is,whats been eating at my simple brain is whats hoeven up to,by putting the wolf right in the middle of the hen house,did the new ceo of wsi throw over twenty-five years as a cop away to become hoevens funky or is he going to stand tall and call in a garbage truck an take out the trash....
March 18, 2009
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