GOV. DOUG BURGUM

Burgum signs critical race theory, vaccine exemption bills

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s Republican-controlled Legislature has endorsed bills to prevent COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism, as lawmakers completed their five-day special session. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the measure banning the teaching of critical race theory after the Senate gave its approval Friday. Though there is no evidence that the idea…

Gov. Burgum Signs Income Tax Relief Bill For North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) — Income tax relief is coming for roughly half a million North Dakotans. Gov. Doug Burgum signs legislation to provide an estimated $211 million in income tax relief over the next two years. The legislation will eliminate the state income tax bill for around 300,000 people and provide partial relief to another 200,000 taxpayers. The relief is…

North Dakota critical race theory bill on its way to Burgum for signature

The bill was introduced by Fargo Republican Rep. Jim Kasper

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Following passage in the House, the North Dakota Senate has approved a measure prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools. The bill was introduced by Fargo Republican Rep. Jim Kasper.  “I want to be sure that critical race theory is not taught in North Dakota schools, period,” Kasper said. Bismarck Democratic Senator Erin…

North Dakota joins lawsuit against Biden vaccine mandate for Medicare, Medicaid workers

Gov. Doug Burgum, Attorney General Wayne StenehjemBISMARCK, ND (KVRR) – Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Wednesday that North Dakota has joined a lawsuit that challenges a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers employed by companies that receive Medicare and Medicaid funds. According to the lawsuit, the CMS vaccine mandate “imposes an unprecedented federal vaccine mandate on nearly every full- or part-time employee,…

Burgum again urges lawmakers to approve $500 income tax credit

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Gov. Doug Burgum has once again called on North Dakota legislators to provide a one-time $500 income tax credit by using the state’s General Fund ending fund balance. In his speech to lawmakers Monday, Burgum said after the 2021 Legislative Session, the state had $1.2 billion, its second largest ending fund balance. Before he called the…

Burgum calls special session to address redistricting, tax relief, infrastructure

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/KCND) – Gov. Doug Burgum says he will call a special session Nov. 8 for the Legislature to handle redistricting and to consider how to spend the latest COVID-19 federal relief money. Burgum says he’s happy with the priorities laid out for spending COVID-19 relief money. But he wants lawmakers to use some of the state’s general fund…

National Guard Troops Deployed To D.C. In 2020 Return Home

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR/AP) — Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year are back home. Gov. Doug Burgum and Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer attended a homecoming ceremony for the Guard members in Bismarck. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion…

Burgum petition calling for support of tax relief plan

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is asking supporters to sign a petition endorsing his plan to use some of the state’s bulging surpluses to offset income taxes. It’s being viewed by lawmakers as an end-run on a Legislature that has signaled no appetite for the idea. The second-term Republican governor recommended using a portion of the state’s…

North Dakota National Guard send-off ceremony set for Friday

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum will attend a send off ceremony Friday for 125 North Dakota National Guard members being deployed to the southern border. The Bismarck-based 957th multi-role bridge unit will support U.S. Customs and Border Protection in ongoing efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.  It will be a year-long mission. Burgum said the request for assistance came…

Burgum: North Dakota hospitals are at tipping point, doctor says ‘chaos’ inside

BISMARCK, N.D. (KVRR) – Gov. Doug Burgum and doctors from several of the state’s largest hospitals today warned that hospital capacity in North Dakota is reaching critical levels and urged the public to help reduce the need for hospitalization. “The pressure on hospitals and clinics in both our urban and rural areas is reaching critical levels, and we all need…