Port: A poison pill was just dropped into debate over North Dakota’s public worker pensions


MINOT, N.D. — One of the most consequential debates in Bismarck this session will be the one over the state’s pension for public workers.

It currently has a nearly $2 billion shortfall which, as you might imagine, is a big problem.

Gov. Doug Burgum, in his budget address to lawmakers in January, called for an injection of $250 million into the fund to help make it solvent for workers currently enrolled in it, in addition to the $48 million in annual appropriations to the plan that the Legislature already approved, and which begin this year.

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