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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum presents his two-year budget proposal to state lawmakers Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

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

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

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum speaks during the 2018 State of Technology conference Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott in Fargo. David Samson / Forum News Service

Burgum’s Budget Makes Spending of Oil Tax Revenues More Transparent

I’m a fan of Governor Doug Burgum’s executive budget. It’s not perfect, but it’s very good, not just for its restrained (and at times even innovative) spending but because of the way it’s structured. Case in point, some time back during John Hoeven’s tenure as governor the executive branch (with an assist from lawmakers) figured

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Governor Burgum’s First Real Budget Might Be the Most Fiscally Conservative Spending Plan North Dakota Has Seen in Two Decades

Although he was elected to office in the 2016 election cycle, and headed up the executive branch during the 2017 legislative session, the budget Governor Doug Burgum delivered to lawmakers today is really his first. Burgum had been in office just weeks when he was due to delivered a budget address to the 2017 legislative

Gov. Doug Burgum, center, leads his first North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, second from left, and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, right. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

New Revenue Forecast Shows Improving Budget Numbers but Burgum Says Cuts Still Needed

North Dakota’s Office of Management and Budget has released a new forecast for North Dakota’s tax revenues, and the numbers are an improvement over previous forecasts. According to the forecast, released by Governor Doug Burgum’s office, revenues for the rest of the 2017-2019 biennium are projected to be 4.4 percent (or more than $136 million)

Gov. Doug Burgum dishes out high-fives during his visit with Fargo Lincoln Elementary fourth grade students on Tuesday, April 24. David Samson / Forum News Service

Why Can’t the North Dakota University System Be Satisfied With a 31 Percent Increase in Funding for a 7 Percent Increase in Students?

At a State Board of Higher Education meeting yesterday there was a lot of griping among some board members about Governor Doug Burgum’s suggested budget cut. Board Chair Don Morton sounded a different tone in an interview with me earlier this week (audio here). “Every organization has room to find efficiencies,” Morton told me, adding that

North Dakota House minority leader Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks). TOM STROMME/Bismarck Tribune

If Democrats Want More Say Over North Dakota’s Budget They Should Try Winning Some Elections

Last week Governor Doug Burgum released budget guidelines which called for state agencies to prepare for more budget cuts in the coming legislative session (Burgum also spoke with me about his guidelines, audio here). In response, North Dakota’s Democrats insulted the governor by implying he’s some sort of a political extremist and demanded the creation

Print Column: The Politics of North Dakota’s Big Bad Budget Bind

MINOT, N.D. — Gov. Doug Burgum released his budget guidelines for the 2019-2012 biennium this week, and the tone of his fiscal message was grim. We’re in for more cuts. Burgum is asking that state agencies deliver budget recommendations for lawmakers, who will meet for their regular session in January, that reduce spending by 5

Podcast: Governor Burgum Says He’s Out to “Change the Budget Process Itself”

Governor Doug Burgum and state Rep. Tom Beadle both joined Rob today to talk about the budget guidelines for the 2019 legislative session. “It just wasn’t a fully sustainable model,” Beadle said of spending in previous, boom-era legislative sessions. Burugm, meanwhile, says he’s out to “change the budget process itself.” “We don’t have a revenue

North Dakota’s Revenue Situation Is Looking Up

The Office of Management and Budget has just released their most recent budget update representing the final numbers from the 2017 calendar year (see below). The state’s two-year budget cycle, the one lawmakers addressed in their 2017 session, began on July 1 of last year. So this report now represents six months of general fund

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