Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK—As news of North Dakota's $1 billion revenue shortfall and 4.05 percent budget cuts for state agencies sank in Monday, some elected officials predicted the appetite for tapping into the state's $3.5 billion trust fund for oil taxes will grow when lawmakers convene next January. Some majority Republican lawmakers have adamantly opposed spending the Legacy Fund's principal or earnings as a way to weather the downturn in state revenues caused by depressed market prices for crude oil and agricultural commodities.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to help cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on slumping oil and farm commodity prices. After years of good news about state revenues, "it seems strange to hear that things have gone in the other direction," Dalrymple told agency heads at the Capitol as he unveiled a bleak revenue forecast by Moody's Analytics.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered most state agencies to slash their budgets by just over 4 percent to cover an unprecedented $1 billion revenue shortfall...
BISMARCK – A new revenue forecast being released this morning is expected to trigger budget cuts for most state agencies in North Dakota. Officials will discuss the Moody’s Analytics forecast...
BISMARCK — Plans to drill a 3-mile-deep hole near Rugby to test whether certain rock formations are suitable for storing radioactive waste bumped into a thick layer of skepticism Thursday from state and county officials who fear the federal government is grooming North Dakota to become a nuclear waste disposal site.
BISMARCK — A district court judge running for the first wide-open seat on the North Dakota Supreme Court in more than two decades says his campaign speech at a Republican Party district convention was allowed under judicial conduct rules, even if some convention-goers found it a bit unusual. Southeast Judicial District Judge Jerod Tufte addressed the combined District 31/34 GOP convention in Mandan on Tuesday evening.
BISMARCK—With its jails and prisons overcrowded and incarceration costs on the rise, North Dakota launched an effort with a national partner Tuesday to curb spending on corrections and reinvest the savings in ways that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. State lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom review of the state's criminal justice system last year, creating an Incarceration Issues Committee to guide the effort.
BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's campaign released a list Tuesday of 81 Republican state legislators endorsing him for governor, which one of his challengers for the GOP nod, Fargo businessman Doug Burgum, called "the least surprising thing about this campaign."
BISMARCK — The director of North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal Monday to review a struck down state law that would have banned abortion at...
BISMARCK – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a stricken-down North Dakota law that would have banned abortion if the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, which is...