Democrats May Not Believe It, but Western North Dakota Oil Workers Matter, Too


MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s Democrats insist that they don’t share the hatred of the oil and gas industry their national counterparts frequently espouse.

At times, from their words and deeds, it can be hard to tell.

A committee of North Dakota lawmakers has just approved a re-allocation of $212 million in federal coronavirus relief dollars.

This was money from the CARES Act, which was appropriated by Congress to the states this summer. State officials had allocated that money, which added up to $1.25 billion in total, earlier this year. The funds at hand are a portion of that original appropriation, which was turned back by state agencies unable to spend them.

The re-allocation was state officials finding new ways to make use of the money before the deadline for spending it is upon us.

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