2017 Legislature

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

House and Senate Appropriations Committees will look at two spending bills for each agency.

One bill is the proposal from Governor Dalrymple’s executive budget – the other represents a Legislative budget.

"I've been trying to getb this through for years," said House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo). "I think it's the right way to budget."

Carlson said the Legislature needs to be more involved in the budget building process.

The president of the North Dakota Long-Term Care association said as a concept, nursing homes support the idea of a provider assessment.

But Shelly Peterson said her group will likely have some amendments to it.

Former Gov. Jack Dalrymple proposed it in his executive budget, to meet some of the increased costs.  He said 44 other states have used that funding tool.