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Dalrymple's State of State address: 'Fund priorities responsibly'

BISMARCK - As the state flourishes with strong revenues, job creation and overall economic growth, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said this afternoon that North Dakota still has many challenges, and he plans to tackle those challenges.

Dalrymple kicked off the 63rd Annual Legislative Assembly with his State of the State Address today as he spoke to a joint-session of the 141 state legislators. He called on them to maintain what is working throughout the state and figure out where the state is heading in the future.

"In state government itself, we have found a model that has stood the test of time," he said in his speech. "Which is to fund our priorities responsibly; build strong reserves for the future; and provide tax relief whenever possible."

Dalrymple highlighted the state's achievements with rapid expansion in the state population, oil and natural gas production, significant increases to tourism and entrepreneurial spirit that is driving the state's success.

"These job-creating businesses are the reason North Dakota is number one in so many measure of economic progress," Dalrymple said.

He noted the state's need for more law enforcement, housing and the need for an increase in monitoring water and enforcing health and environmental rules.

Looking to the future, the governor discussed where the state should go in regard to education, water management, the military, health and human services.