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North Dakota’s Revenue Situation Is Looking Up

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

Republican Legislative Leaders: We Balanced the Budget and Didn’t Raise Taxes

This guest post was submitted by House Majority Leader Al Carlson and Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner As the legislature leaves Bismarck, we are returning home with a balanced budget and no tax increases. This session has proven the importance of exercising fiscal responsibility and saving for lean times. Despite facing one of the largest

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North Dakota Republicans Blew It on Spending

My colleague Mike McFeely writes today that North Dakota’s budget situation is the result of “fiscal mismanagement on the part of ND Republicans.” He’s right, and the budget for the state’s universities proves the point. A group of “distinguished professors” from NDSU are decrying what they describe as “devastating” budget cuts. But I’m not sure

The State of North Dakota Is Not Putting Meals on Wheels Funding “At Risk”

“Meals on Wheels funds at risk with ND bill and Trump budget,” reads a recent headline. That’s an unfortunate headline though it does make for a nice talking point for the state’s liberals, who have been crowing about this online and tying the situation to similarly exaggerated claims about President Donald Trump’s budget. .@NDHouseDemNPL is

Before Anything Else, Burgum and Lawmakers Must Find Confidence in Revenue Forecasts

Today is officially the first day of North Dakota’s legislative session. This afternoon Governor Doug Burgum will deliver his State of the State address. Also sometime today we should be getting the details on the tweaks Burgum wants to make to the budget delivered to the Legislature by former Governor Jack Dalrymple last month. As our state’s

Audio: Governor Doug Burgum Says He’s Concerned About State’s Revenue Forecast

Yesterday Doug Burgum officially became North Dakota’s Governor. Today he was kind enough to make time for an interview on my radio show, and during out discussion we hit on the state’s budget situation. It’s a little odd, but due to timing mandated by state law, it was outgoing Governor Jack Dalrymple who earlier this

Video: Gov. Dalrymple Delivers Final Budget Address, Credits Law Enforcement for #NoDAPL Response

In North Dakota state law requires that we convene a session of our Legislature every January in odd-numbered years, just weeks after the election. It also requires that lawmakers hold an organization session in December and that at this session the Governor delivers a budget address. But oddly, when we elect a new governor, the

Saying Republicans Ignored Needy People in Budget Fix Is Lazy and Inaccurate

Over the weekend the Fargo Forum editorial board praised Republican budget fix passed during a special session last week. Taking exception to that editorial is state Senator Tyler Axness (D-Fargo) who argues in a rebuttal letter that Republicans ignored the needy by eschewing a Democratic proposal to spend reserve funds on bringing in matching federal