Walz, Hortman and Gazelka Reach A Bipartisan Agreement On Nearly $50 Billion Budget

Special One-Day Session Is Still Likely Since The Session Officially Ends Monday

Gov. Tim Walz (D) Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) & House Speaker Melissa Hortman (D) Announce Budget AgreementST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders have struck a long-awaited deal over the nearly $50 billion state budget they announced during a news conference. The deal includes no gas tax, a slight decrease in the medical provider…

Walz, Gazelka And Hortman Reach Minnesota Budget Agreement

The legislative session is supposed to come to a close on Monday

ST. PAUL, MN — Gov. Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and House Speaker Melissa Hortman have reached a budget agreement, according to the Governor’s office. The three leaders will hold a press conference Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. to announce the details of the detail in the Governor’s Reception Room. The deal should avert a state government shutdown.  The…

Governor Doug Burgum Praises Work Of 66th Legislative Assembly

The North Dakota Legislature Adjourned The Session Friday Night On Day 76

BISMARCK, ND — Governor Doug Burgum says North Dakota is making strategic investments in its future, funding priorities and delivering citizens a conservative balanced budget without raising taxes. His comments come after the 66th Legislative Assembly adjourned its regular session Friday night. The legislature used 76 of their 80 allowed days. The budget includes about $4.8 billion in state general fund…

House Democrats Add To Walz’s Transportation Budget, Senate Republicans Vote Down Tax Increases

Democratic governor's proposals include a 20 cent gas tax increase

ST. PAUL, MN — Democrats who control the Minnesota House unveil a transportation budget expanding on Gov. Tim Walz’s spending and taxing proposals. At the same time, a Republican-controlled Senate committee votes down his transportation tax increases. The House Democratic transportation budget mostly mirror’s the Democratic governor’s proposals, including a 20 cent gas tax increase. There are some differences on license…

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta Visits North Dakota, Meets with Local Leaders

Leaders discussed healthcare and the workforce shortage

FARGO, N.D. — Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made a stop in North Dakota with Senator Kevin Cramer and Governor Doug Burgum to meet with local leaders. Secretary Acosta highlighted association health plans, which lets small businesses come together to get healthcare coverage as if they are a single employer. People who are self–employed also qualify, and plans can’t be different because…

Fargo North Juniors Gain Perspective in Poverty Simulation

groups were given a case study and had to use community resources to help them throughout the exercise

FARGO, N.D. — Juniors at Fargo North High School are learning to empathize with our area’s homeless population. The students were provided different case studies and scenarios as part of a poverty simulation. Each one is meant to help them understand what it’s like living on a lower income or budget and what they must do to meet their basic needs….

Minnesota budget surplus shrinks to $1 billion

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – The balance of Minnesota’s state budget surplus has dropped $492 million since the last outlook in November, down to just over $1 billion. Minnesota Management and Budget will release its full report later Thursday, but slower projected economic growth and lower tax collections compared to previous estimates resulted in the reduced surplus figure. The state projects spending to outpace forecast revenue…

Forbes Publisher Gives Keynote at the Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Forum

The director of the North Dakota Office of Budget and Management also gave a presentation

FARGO, N.D. — The The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce hosted its Economic Outlook Forum for people to learn about the latest business trends. Rich Karlgaard, a Forbes publisher, delivered the keynote address where he talked about digital technology. He covered topics including artificial intelligence and cloud computing. He also spoke about the outlook of the nation’s economy. Joe…

Nearly 200 Faculty And Staff At NDSU And UND Seek Employee Buyouts

The limited-time program was offered in late November as a result of budget trimming

FARGO, ND — Nearly two hundred faculty and staff members at NDSU and UND have applied for employee buyouts. The limited-time program was offered in late November as a result of budget trimming. UND announced last month it received 98 applications for buyouts. NDSU has received 69 applications. A determination of who will be included in the early employee buyouts…