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Winners & Losers in Dalrymple's Proposed Budget

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

With so much money being tossed around, you may be wondering how it might benefit you. Valley News Live spent the day breaking down Governor Dalrymple's budget to find out who the winners and losers would be. 

One person who did not get everything he wanted is North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. We talked to him yesterday about an $84-million increase in state funding for higher education. Under the proposed budget, he would get an $89-million increase.

While he says he would be very grateful for the additional money for operating costs and construction projects, he says he would still be missing an important part.

Shirvani says, "The only thing I'm disappointed with is I didn't get the positions that I wanted to do my job as the chancellor. We asked for 30 positions, and we got seven positions, which is not even a third."

Despite the couple concerns over higher education, there a lot of winners with the Governor's budget proposal.

You could expect slight tax breaks.

The governor wants to set aside $714-million for local school property tax cuts. We did some digging and found out that means an average homeowner in the Valley would be saving an additional 15 percent on property taxes.

Individual income taxes would be reduced by about 10 percent.

Other big winners in the state are the oil-producing counties in western North Dakota. Dalrymple is allotting nearly a billion dollars to improve roads, including money for truck bypass routes and interchanges. Local governments would get double the amount of oil money they receive now over the next two years.

Dalrymple would also like to add about 170 new state workers, mostly in law enforcement, public safety and public health.

These are just a few of the numbers that came from the Governor's budget proposal. You can find the whole proposal in the link "Gov Budget Proposal PDF" to the right of this story.

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