N.D. Senate votes to set Gov. Doug Burgum's salary at $1

Published: Mar. 31, 2017 at 5:43 PM CDT
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North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum ran on several main campaign promises, including to break up the quote, "old boy's club in Bismarck."

The Senate voted to allow him to keep one of those promises.

The legislature holds the power of the purse, so when Burgum said he would decline a salary, that decision really didn't belong to him.

The Senate amended and passed a House bill, bringing his salary down to 1 dollar.

The governor's salary had been about $133,000. Once Burgum leaves office, a provision in the bill would reset the salary to this level.

The bill now goes to conference committee.

The House version of the bill included a full salary.

"There may be more cuts along the way, so given the environment we're in, we thought it made sense for him to lead by example," says Sen. David Hogue, R-Minot.

According to the Council of State Governments, Burgum would not be the only governor in the country to refuse a salary, but would be the only one to have the legislature set his salary at $1.