Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – North Dakota Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi outlined steps the agency will take to offset a $69.2 million revenue shortfall on Tuesday, including shuttering five of the state’s 28 rest areas, holding 20 jobs open and cutting back on temporary employees.
BISMARCK – In another casualty of slumping crude oil prices, the North Dakota Department of Transportation is cutting back on temporary employees to help offset a projected $69 million shortfall in gas tax collections, registration fees and other user-based revenues, a spokeswoman said Monday.
BISMARCK – Hundreds of families on child-care assistance will be among those feeling the pinch of budget cuts made by North Dakota state agencies to help offset a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed on the current oil industry downturn. Fifty-six agencies that receive money from the state’s general fund met a Wednesday deadline to submit 4.05 percent budget cuts ordered by Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Feb. 1.
BISMARCK – North Dakota agencies stepped up to the chopping block on Wednesday, submitting millions of dollars in budget cuts to help the state weather a projected $1 billion revenue shortfall blamed largely on the effects of sagging crude oil prices. Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered nearly $245 million in budget cuts Feb. 1, and agencies that receive general fund dollars had until Wednesday to comply.
BISMARCK – The head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer.
BISMARCK – More than 80 percent of nonresidents working in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry don’t want to put down roots in the state, while those who want to relocate see housing costs as a major barrier, researchers found in a survey released Tuesday.
BISMARCK – Wednesday marks the deadline for submitting the largest budget cuts dollar-wise for state agencies in North Dakota history, and more than a dozen agencies had already submitted theirs as of Friday. Among them was the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which is handling its 4.05 percent budget cut by eliminating about $70,000 in grants that otherwise would go to local symphonies, theater groups, arts councils, schools, individual artists and others.
BISMARCK – Researchers will descend on Rugby next week hoping to break through layers of distrust about a 3-mile-deep drilling project designed to test whether crystalline rock formations that underlie much of the continent are suitable for storing radioactive waste. The U.S. Department of Energy insists the deep borehole test in Pierce County is focused solely on science and engineering, and it will involve no nuclear waste.
BISMARCK – Backers of a proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana in North Dakota made an error in their petition submitted Wednesday, and the state’s chief law enforcement officer said their proposal to legalize pot-related synthetic drugs also is a big mistake.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved a crude oil pipeline in Mountrail County and set a public hearing for another proposed by the same company in McKenzie County. The three-member panel unanimously granted a route permit for Sacagawea Pipeline Co.’s 8-mile pipeline and associated facilities that will transport oil from the Palermo Rail Facility owned by Phillips 66 to the Enbridge oil terminal in Stanley.