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North Dakota’s House Majority Leader says legislators should be more involved in revenue forecasting.

"There's only one branch of government that can spend money," said Rep. Al Carlson (R-Fargo). "That's the Legislature."

Moody's Analytics is the consultant to the state's Office of Management and Budget for revenue forecasts. Carlson told reporters other state legislatures have hired their own forecasting consultants, separate from their Governors'.

Lawmakers gather in Bismarck next week for a projected three-day Legislative session.

The issue: dealing with a projected $310 million shortfall.

They’ll be gaveled in at 9 am Tuesday. And at 9:30, Gov. Jack Dalrymple will address a joint session.

Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) said he expects the session will be limited to the pressing budget matter.

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Legislators are preparing for next week’s projected three day special session.

The session is to deal with a projected $310 million dollar state budget shortfall, due to low oil and agriculture prices.  But legislative leaders say it is not a time to panic.

"The economy is okay," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "It does have some issues that need to be resolved."

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Preparations are underway for an August special Legislative session.

Lawmakers are scheduled to return to Bismarck Aug. 2nd for what Legislative leaders hope is a 3 day session.

Legislative Council

North Dakota's House Minority Leader says Democrats believe they will pick up Legislative seats this fall.

"The demographics are changing in both Fargo and Grand Forks," said Rep. Kenton Onstad (D-Parshall). "We've seen an enthusiasm. We've filled almost every ballot. Sometime you struggle -- but this time, we had people knocking on our door."

Onstad says the current state budget situation is on the minds of a lot of voters. And he says Democrats will be running on that issue.

Legislature cutting back on travel, hotel rooms

Mar 2, 2016

The Legislative branch isn’t bound by the 4.05 percent budget allotment Governor Dalrymple had to put in place.

But the chairman of the Legislative Council says lawmakers will do their part.

Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) says, for example, some interim committee meetings are starting at 10 a-m, rather than 9 a-m.

Legislature to reconvene June 16th

Jun 10, 2015

The Legislature will reconvene next Tuesday morning – to finish its work on the one remaining bill left hanging after lawmakers adjourned more than a month ago.

The Legislative Management Committee approved the date – after accepting what a special committee came up with in terms of dealing with the funding bill for the Public Employees Retirement System. The chairman of that committee – Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) – says the committee’s action sets the stage for the reconvened session.

Income and Corporate Tax Breaks Approved

Apr 17, 2015
State of North Dakota

With a final vote of 59 to 32, members of the North Dakota House have approved a bill to cut the state’s income and corporate tax rates.

Reporter Todd McDonald has details...

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is calling for a 5.4 percent increase in the state's general fund budget for the next biennium.

Dalrymple presented his executive budget recommendation to a joint session of the North Dakota Legislature Wednesday. He's proposing $3 billion for statewide infrastructure projects; $873 million for what he termed a "jump start" plan to get money out in time for the 2015 construction season; and $408 million in tax relief.

The 2013 Legislature set aside $550,000 for interim committees to hire consultants to help them with their studies.

But the committees only spent just under $286,000.

"Over the last three biennia, we've spent probably about half, or maybe even a little less than half, than we budgeted for," said Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks), the chairman of the Legislative Council.

The Human Services Committee spent $44,000 with Schulte Consulting on a behavioral health study. Holmberg says that was one of the more interesting studies in the interim.