Today, Governor Jack Dalrymple released his budgetary guidelines to the state agency heads for the 2013-15 biennium.
Ryan Taylor, Democratic-NPL gubernatorial candidate, released the following statement:
"I'm disappointed in today's proposed budget guidelines by Governor Dalrymple. His guidelines make one thing clear: He hasn't listened to the pleas of North Dakotans who are struggling with the critical needs in their communities. After sending the heads of his agencies out on countless "listening sessions" around the state, he's responded by calling for the status quo to continue with a hold-even budget while the state struggles with workforce shortages and inflated costs. The Governor wants to continue to collect the windfall of oil revenue for the state, stack those dollars up in Bismarck, and force North Dakota communities to deal with the impacts of growth and flooding. Local governments have one option, and that's to raise local property taxes, and it's clear nobody wants that.
His budget guidelines fall far short of reality in making improvements to our growing schools, rapidly deteriorating roads, the severe housing shortage, need for greater public safety and emergency services, and for communities in need of real disaster planning. The growth in North Dakota doesn't come for free, and it's unrealistic for communities to keep up the pace without some help and understanding from their governor."