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August 23, 2016
The Jamestown City Council took no action Monday on a preliminary 2017 budget that includes no employee pay raises, no new employees and replaces only equipment the city has accumulated money to pay for through a depreciation process, according to Jeff Fuchs, city administrator. The...
August 23, 2016 - 6:43am
August 18, 2016
Impact of North Dakota's budget cuts on state jobs unclear
How many state employee positions will remain unfilled and how many staff reductions may occur after a second round of budget cuts was unclear this week after agencies submitted plans to reduce costs. More than a dozen agencies had included cuts to salaries and wages in their 2.5...
August 18, 2016 - 6:37am
August 15, 2016
40 years of stonewalling ends in fiscal crisis
At the close of the special session of the North Dakota Legislature, the leadership announced that it would be making reforms in the January session to prevent a repeat of the recent fiscal crisis caused by a plunge in oil and farm commodity prices. Facing a $310 million gap, the...
August 15, 2016 - 6:54am
August 8, 2016
ND budget plan provides bridge
It's fortunate that Doug Burgum has lots of experience in restorations. The Fargo businessman, who as the Republican nominee is North Dakota's presumptive next governor, will need all of his skills as an entrepreneur and real estate developer, whose specialty is resurrecting dilapidated...
August 8, 2016 - 6:45am
August 5, 2016
SPECIAL SESSION ADJOURNED
BISMARCK – North Dakota lawmakers adjourned from a historic three-day special session Thursday with a $310 million budget fix that Republican majority leaders called a successful bridge to the 2017 session but Democrats criticized as missing opportunities to help the state’s most...
August 5, 2016 - 6:44am
July 27, 2016
Requests for water
Rural water associations may see less available grant funds from the North Dakota Water Commission in the upcoming biennium, according to Harley Swenson, a member of the water commission. "This year (the current North Dakota budget year) we had a lot of money," he said. "Next year...
July 27, 2016 - 8:36am
July 21, 2016
ND Dems share ‘responsible alternative’ plan to address revenue shortfall in special session
BISMARCK – Democratic lawmakers on Thursday will release their plan for balancing the state’s budget during a special session next month, hoping majority Republicans will consider the proposal as they ready their own plan crafted by GOP leadership and Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple....
July 21, 2016 - 7:33am
Construction on N.D. governor's residence should go on
The money's in the bank, the building plans have been finalized, and construction could begin in less than two weeks. Which means the plans to build a new governor's residence in Bismarck are too far along to stop now. So, lawmakers who're thinking about delaying the project should...
July 21, 2016 - 5:03am
July 20, 2016
Construction on new governor's residence may start early
BISMARCK—If bids come in at the right price later this week, dirt will be turned on a new governor's residence project at least two weeks...
July 20, 2016 - 9:46am
June 6, 2016
Future of property tax relief in North Dakota in question
North Dakota Democratic leaders are raising alarms about whether the state will be able to continue to provide property tax relief during tough fiscal times, but others don't appear worried. The state has eased property taxes, which are levied by local governments, through a 12 percent...
June 6, 2016 - 6:50am
May 30, 2016
Fed's Bullard says global markets seem well-prepared for summer rate hike
St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Monday global markets appear to be "well-prepared" for a summer interest rate hike from the Fed, although he did not specify a date for the policy move. "My sense is that markets are well-prepared for a possible rate increase...
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May 30, 2016 - 11:03am
Budget cut process at UND leads to some new hires, some layoffs
GRAND FORKS—From the time interim University of North Dakota President Ed Schafer announced a hiring freeze of sorts and the time he finalized the budget reductions, 34 people were hired at the university. In a campuswide message Feb. 9, Schafer said vice presidents would continue...
May 30, 2016 - 6:50am
May 17, 2016
Illinois budget talks produce little movement as deadline nears
CHICAGO - Illinois' record budget impasse showed no sign of ending on Tuesday after talks between Governor Bruce Rauner and legislative leaders yielded no breakthroughs and Democrats advanced a piecemeal spending package for low-income college students.Eleven months into its fiscal...
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May 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Transportation funding for Minnesota being discussed Monday
ST. PAUL -- Transportation funding is being discussed at the highest levels of Minnesota government Tuesday, a sign of progress as lawmakers must finish passing legislation by midnight Sunday. Republicans who control the House announced Tuesday their latest plan, which would take...
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May 17, 2016 - 12:38pm
May 9, 2016
North Dakota faces long-term care funding crisis
Compared to the number of elderly in other states, North Dakota is ranked as an old state — and growing older. In 2015, we had 107,900 folks 65 years of age and over, or 17 percent of the population, compared to 14.5 percent nationally. In 2030, we will have 152,300, or 25 per cent,...
May 9, 2016 - 6:47am