Print Column: Legislative Pettiness Leads to Marginalization of Burgum’s Conservative Budget

MINOT, N.D. — Traditionally in North Dakota the governor’s executive budget, delivered to lawmakers as an address in December, is introduced as actual spending bills at the beginning of the actual legislative session in January.

Last week legislative leaders changed the rules.

While Burgum’s budget proposals will be available to lawmakers, the actual legislation introduced will be drafted by Legislative Council and reflect the priorities of legislative leadership.

I’ll admit to having mixed feelings about this.

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Rob Port is the editor of, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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