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Typo in North Dakota secretary of state's budget will be fixed, officials say

As Patriots' Day proponent Jim Shaw looks on, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, right, and Gov. Doug Burgum sign off on a proclamation declaring it Patriots' Day in North Dakota Monday, April 15, 2019. John Hageman / Forum News Service

BISMARCK — A typo in bill language outlining North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger's salary will be fixed before the session's end, officials said Tuesday, April 23.

The bill, which has already been signed by Gov. Doug Burgum, is supposed to describe Jaeger's salary for the two-year budget cycle that starts July 1. But it mistakenly bumps up his salary through June 30 of this year, the day before the new biennium starts and the bill’s effective date.

A Forum News Service reporter flagged the error to Jaeger Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning, he said the Office of Management and Budget and Legislative Council were made aware of the mistake.

Jaeger, a Republican, and OMB Director Joe Morrissette said the error will be corrected in the OMB budget bill, which captures a variety of amendments at the end of session.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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