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Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)
Inside the North Dakota State Capitol, the House Of Representatives. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

Leadership split on plan to make up $1B budget shortfall

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota legislative leaders are split over how the state should have made up a $1 billion shortfall due to depressed crude prices and a drop in oil drilling.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday ordered agencies to cut their budgets by 4.05 percent. The governor also will take more than $497 million from a rainy day fund to balance the two-year-budget.

Republican House Majority Leader Al Carlson says he would have preferred across-the-board cuts of at least 5 percent for state agencies, instead of taking more from the savings account.

Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider says the GOP-led Legislature should have set aside time for lawmakers to return so that the shortfall could be addressed by elected officials. The Legislature used 79 of the maximum 80 days allowed.

In related news, North Dakota’s $1 billion budget shortfall may be much worse than reported.

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