budget

Minnesota is projected to have $1.54 billion budget surplus

St. Paul, Minn. (FOX 9) – Gov.-elect Tim Walz will enjoy a $1.5 billion surplus as he crafts his first state budget, state budget officials projected Thursday. State officials said higher-than-expected revenues and less state spending contributed to the surplus. The state’s reserves will stand at more than $2 billion next year, they said. The budget forecast will frame the debate over…

Emergency Commission Reaches Resolution For ROTC Tuition Shortfall

It affects about 60 undergraduate cadets and 35 graduate students, most of whom attend NDSU

BISMARCK, ND — An ROTC tuition assistance shortfall has been covered. The North Dakota Emergency Commission voted in favor of a National Guard proposal to move $450,000 within its budget and to have an additional $110,000 transferred from the state’s contingency fund. The Legislative Budget Section must give final approval. The group meets on December 5. Tuition increases and declining federal…

Get Ready To Pay More In Property Taxes In Both Fargo And Moorhead

Property Tax Increases Are Expected To Be Between 3% and 6%

FARGO, N.D. — People living in Fargo and Moorhead will be paying more in property taxes in 2019. Fargo city commissioners last night approved the 2019 budget. There’s a 1.9 percent increase in the general fund for a total of $98.5 million. There is no cut in the property tax rate, which will remain at 51 mills. Property tax collections will…

2019 Final Budget is Approved for Cass County: Totals Over $124 Million

The major increase in the amount levied and budgeted for the Capital Projects Fund is driven by two projects

FARGO, N.D. — The 2019 final budget for Cass County has been approved. The plan totals just over $124 million with a raise on the maximum mill levy on county property. The major increase in the amount levied and budgeted for the Capital Projects Fund is driven by two projects. The first is the joint juvenile project with Clay County…

Fargo City Commission Discusses Preliminary Budget

Some of the highlights include flood protection and code enforcement

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo City Commission met to go over the mayor’s preliminary budget for next year. Some of the highlights of the budget include permanent flood protection, a new water treatment plant, and code enforcement in neighborhoods. Many firefighters filled the room at today’s meeting. They were asking for a raise so their salaries would better compare with those…

New TSA Proposal Could Do Away With Security at Smaller Airports

Hector International Airport would not be affected

A new TSA proposal could do away with security at some airports. The plan would only affect about 150 small-to medium-sized airports across the country, not including Hector International Airport. “I think it’s a mistake. I think there has to be a continued surveillance, not because the danger is always there, but because people make mistakes,” Michael Yellowbird, a frequent flyer,…

Mayor Mahoney Shows City Commission 2019 Budget Proposal

It's more than a $2 million increase

FARGO, N.D. — Mayor Tim Mahoney’s preliminary 2019 budget for the city of Fargo includes an increase in spending. The budget is two percent higher than this year’s budget, or a little over $2 million more. Mahoney’s proposal includes money to battle the opioid crisis, the Red River Valley Water Supply Project and the police department’s lease of Border States Electric…

MNLARS In Danger Of Running Out of Money For Fixes

The Legislature provided $9.6 million in emergency funding earlier this year

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two state agencies may soon run out of money to fix Minnesota’s new driver registration platform. Minnesota’s Information Technology Services and the Department of Public Safety are tasked with fixing MNLARS. The computer system has struggled with bugs and errors since its launch last summer. The agencies told lawmakers in a report this week that the…

Higher Crude Oil Prices Are Great News For North Dakota’s Bottom Line

oil and gas revenue is $323 million more than initial estimates

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil and gas tax collections in North Dakota are running 25 percent above forecast due to rebounding crude prices. A report by the Legislature’s research arm shows oil and gas revenue is $1.6 billion for the current two-year budget cycle that began in July. That’s $323 million more than initial estimates. Oil prices are a key contributor…

Ultrasound Abortion Bill Vetoed By Governor Mark Dayton

Republican leaders say they also expect the Democratic governor to veto a bill aligning Minnesota's tax code with sweeping federal changes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a Republican-backed ultrasound abortion bill. It would have required Minnesota physicians to tell pregnant women they have the option of viewing an ultrasound before having an abortion. The bill passed the Legislature largely on party lines last week. Dayton said he objected to interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. Republican leaders say…