President Donald Trump has released his first budget from the White House, and North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp say they don’t like it. In particular, they say it will hurt agriculture.
Congressman Kevin Cramer, for his part, has expressed some skepticism but says he’s open minded about it (which earned him a tongue lashing from the state’s Democrats).
Anyway, today I had North Dakota Farm Bureau President Daryl Lies on my radio sh ow to talk about the concerns. He said they’re overblown.
“People are jumping a little bit to anxiety,” he said.
He said some of the cuts make sense. “There’s some duplication between agencies,” he told me, adding that it makes sense to be “cutting staff in local offices.”
“We’re in the 21st century here,” he said. “Do we need an office in every county to do the same thing a regional office could do?”
“I am, at this point, not concerned,” Lies told me.
Here’s the audio: