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North Dakota Lawmakers Talk about How to Spend Surplus

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     In North Dakota, eight new Senators and 17 new Representatives were sworn into office Tuesday.

     We hear all the time how good the state is doing, whether it's the oil boom out west or the availability of jobs across the state... and those were the topics of discussion once again during the governor's state of the state address Tuesday afternoon.

     Unlike their counterparts to the east, legislators will be challenged with how to spend money. In Governor Dalrymple's State of the State Address he says his proposed $12.8 billion budget addresses the needs in the oil patch, including road work and additional law enforcement.

     Aside from addressing the infrastructure and housing needs out west, Governor Dalrymple wants legislators to take a look at addressing the childcare shortage in the state, property tax reform and education.

     "Our strong revenues also give us the opportunity to invest in out higher education system and to make post secondary education more affordable," Dalrymple says.

     He doesn't just want to address these issues short hand. The governor says he wants to make sure the state stays in a position like its in now and sets itself up for the future.

     Senate Democratic minority leader Mac Schneider of Grand Forks says he believes lawmakers have a "moral obligation" to communities in the oil patch to address the problems caused by increased oil production.

 

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