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ND Senate backs off plan for oil-funded governor’s residence

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Senate is backing off on a plan to use oil revenue to build a new home for North Dakota’s first family.

Beulah Republican Sen. Jessica Unruh is the primary sponsor of the bill that would appropriate $5 million to build a new governor’s residence on the state Capitol grounds.

Unruh says the Senate has decided there are too many unknowns about oil prices at this time to spend money on a new governor’s residence. She says it’s better just to study the idea for now.

The current home was completed in 1960. Officials say the current home has security issues, is not handicap-accessible and likely contains lead paint and asbestos.

Lawmakers have defeated measures in the past two sessions for a new governor’s home.

In related news, ND wants to use oil money to build new digs for governor.

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  1. well they better they have been crying ever since the price of oil has dropped, wondering how they are going to make ends meet when the lower oil tax amounts kick in. wonder where the not so wonderful al carlson stands on this.

  2. pricks want to build governor a new house whilke my property taxes doubled this year? pppppfffffft typical government yahoos!

  3. The governor makes enough. Buy your own house like everyone else.