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August 18, 2016
Consider all options for new revenue
North Dakota's budget woes have dominated headlines, legislative sessions and coffee shop discussion for the better part of two years. Spurred by an unpredicted drop in revenue from oil- and ag-based commodities, it appears it won't improve anytime soon. It's prompting consideration...
August 18, 2016 - 6:52am
August 5, 2016
Democrats, GOP differ on spending priorities
Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown, said the special session of the North Dakota Legislature this week should remind people that the North Dakota economy relies heavily on energy and agriculture and that both those industries are in a downturn. “It’s obviously something I wish we...
August 5, 2016 - 6:45am
May 18, 2016
Less aid: County likely to see between $100K to $200K less in aid
Stutsman County is likely to see between $100,000 and $200,000 less in aid from the state of North Dakota than anticipated this year although Casey Bradley, county auditor/chief operating officer, does not see a need to cut budgets. “I wouldn’t recommend taking any action,”...
May 18, 2016 - 6:47am
May 16, 2016
Painful cuts anticipated in next budget
BISMARCK—North Dakota state agency heads say there will be some pain in crafting 2017-19 budgets, but the exercise will allow state government to settle into a new normal following several years of unprecedented growth. Earlier this month, Gov. Jack Dalrymple called on state...
May 16, 2016 - 6:38am
May 5, 2016
State agencies' budgets cut further
BISMARCK — State agencies that were forced to shave 4 percent from their budgets in February must find another 6 percent to cut for next biennium, Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered Wednesday in budget guidelines that call for reductions for the first time since 2002. Dalrymple...
May 5, 2016 - 6:41am
May 2, 2016
Autism service cuts blasted by families
BISMARCK—MiKynna Cummings, 2, sits cross-legged on the carpet picking up colored number puzzle pieces and pressing them firmly into a puzzle. One-by-one, she fits each foam piece into their correct spots. "You did it!" said Sara Joersz, an occupational therapist, after MiKynna...
May 2, 2016 - 6:33am
March 30, 2016
Letter to the editor: It is easier to make decisions with 20/20 hindsight
The Monday morning quarterbackers are busy critically dissecting what the North Dakota Legislature did last session with their benefit of 20/20 hindsight. When the Legislature makes its decisions it is based upon the best available information we have at the time. We don’t have...
March 30, 2016 - 6:44am
March 8, 2016
Letter to the editor: N.D. has many funds that won't be cut 4.05 percent
Most of you who read this letter do not know what it’s like to have a disability. You don’t know what it’s like to have your child on a waiting list for a year to receive autism services. But imagine the heartbreak when North Dakota recently cut the new autism waiver slots...
March 8, 2016 - 6:59am
February 9, 2016
Possible nursing home cuts still under consideration
Officials with the North Dakota governor’s office say all departments funded by the state’s general fund will see the 4.05 percent cut, according to Jeff Zent, communications and policy adviser for the governor’s office. “The governor has no discretion,” he said. “When...
February 9, 2016 - 6:54am
February 8, 2016
Oil plunge threatens schools, other services in US producer states
From Alaska to Oklahoma, crowded classes, suspended art programs and longer school commutes give students and parents a taste of the downside of cheap gas as oil-producing states scramble to plug budget holes blown by tumbling crude prices.Spending on education, healthcare and other...
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February 8, 2016 - 2:29pm
February 4, 2016
New governor’s residence moves ahead unaffected by budget cuts
BISMARCK — This week’s orders from Gov. Jack Dalrymple to cut state agency budgets by more than 4 percent and drain most of a reserve fund to cover a $1 billion revenue shortfall aren’t slowing down a $5 million project to replace the official governor’s residence. The building...
February 4, 2016 - 6:44am
December 18, 2015
Massive bill: U.S. House backs permanent tax breaks
WASHINGTON — A massive bill that extends billions of dollars in tax assistance to businesses and expands the budget deficit won U.S. House of Representatives approval on Thursday in the closest thing to a grand bipartisan tax bargain in years. Lawmakers voted 318-109 for the $622...
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December 18, 2015 - 7:22am
December 12, 2015
Local budgets could take hit
Local officials are watching the state budget shortfalls, but say it’s too early to have concerns about possible state budget cuts trickling down to the local level. “No concerns at this point,” said Jeff Fuchs, Jamestown city administrator. “We don’t know where they’ll...
December 12, 2015 - 7:57am
Tax revenues fall $40M short in N.D. for Nov.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's budget director ordered a new revenue forecast Friday after state tax revenues fell $40 million short of projections in November, bringing them to $152 million below forecast since July and making it "very likely" state agencies will see...
December 12, 2015 - 7:39am
October 7, 2015
County OKs 2016 budget, levy
Road projects totaling $3.5 million are the main reason the Stutsman County 2016 budget expenditures will increase 16 percent over the 2015 budget. At its meeting Tuesday the Stutsman County Commission unanimously adopted the 2016 budget. The budget sets total expenditures at $27.1...
October 7, 2015 - 7:29am