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In this file photo dated May 15, 2014, Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks of the importance of the Watford City Bypass at the Groundbreaking for the Watford City SE Bypass. Director Grant Levi is in the background.
In this file photo dated May 15, 2014, Gov. Jack Dalrymple speaks of the importance of the Watford City Bypass at the Groundbreaking for the Watford City SE Bypass. Director Grant Levi is in the background.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple to issue budget directive; agencies brace for cuts

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple is scheduled to issue his budget guidelines, and agency heads are bracing for potential reductions.

Dalrymple is slated to address agency directors on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

North Dakota Budget Director Pam Sharp says she expects the governor to ask state agencies to identify potential reductions when drafting spending plans for the next two-year spending cycle. She cites depressed oil prices and a downturn in drilling activity.

The governor will use the blueprints to draft his own spending plan for the Legislature, which lawmakers will get during the Legislature’s organizational session in December.

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