Tag Archives: budget

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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

Liz Lindquist, left, Julie Kamrowski and Gerri Davis form an assembly line as they get the meals prepared for delivery on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Grand Forks, N.D. Davis', the kitchen manager for fifteen years, day starts at 6am getting the meals started. Assembling, sealing and boxing up the meals for the drivers takes around a half hour for the number of routes they currently have. Jesse Trelstad/Forum News Service

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

Fargo businessman Doug Burgum during a debate with Wayne Stenehjem at Avalon Events Center in Fargo on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Rick Abbott / The Forum

Burgum Cuts Dalrymple’s Budget by Another $159 Million

Last month, shortly before leaving office, former Governor Jack Dalrymple delivered an executive budget to the Legislature. Which is a little unusual, that the outgoing governor would get to write a budget for the first two years of the incoming governor’s term in office. But it is what it is. Anyway, since his State of

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

Doug Burgum visits with Rick Burgum and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at the annual Sioux Awards on October 13, 2016 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

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

Governor Jack Dalrymple Bismarck Tribune photo

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

“The Pioneer Family” stands in front of the North Dakota State Capitol on July 14, 2016, in Bismarck. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

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