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Governor Dalrymple Gives Budget Proposal

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North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is recommending a $12.8 billion, two-year budget to the Legislature. The governor delivered his budget message Wednesday to a joint session of the North Dakota Legislature. It lasted just under an hour.

Dalrymple's blueprint includes big spending increases for public works, local schools and North Dakota's university system. The University of North Dakota's medical school would get a new $68 million building as part of an expansion of its ability to train new doctors. The governor also wants $12 million to renovate the UND law school.

North Dakota State University would get $29 million for a new science and engineering building. Bismarck State College is in line for $13 million to replace its library.

Dalrymple's budget includes money to renovate a gym at Mayville State University and administrative buildings at the state College of Science in Wahpeton and Williston State College.

Lake Region State College at Devils Lake would get $6 million to expand a technical center that is used for nurse training.

It provides slight income tax reductions for corporations and individuals. It gives western North Dakota's oil-producing counties a greater share of state tax revenues. It sets aside chunks of oil tax money for renewable energy and conservation projects.

Dalrymple wants the Legislature to double the current state subsidy for local property taxes to $714 million. If the idea is approved, Dalrymple says school property taxes will be one-third of what they were more than five years ago.

North Dakota law enforcement and regulatory agencies may be getting dozens of new employees. The budget proposal asks lawmakers to approve 15 new Highway Patrol troopers, and spend almost $7 million to improve the patrol's Bismarck training academy.

North Dakota's Department of Mineral Resources would get 23 new jobs, including petroleum engineers and field inspectors. The Health department would get more staffers to check for environmental violations.

Dalrymple says his budget includes 171 new state workers, mostly in law enforcement, public safety and public health. He says most of the jobs are needed because of the expansion of North Dakota's oil production.

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