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The North Dakota governor's plan released Wednesday would allocate more than $50 million in state funds to a series of workforce development programs.
According to the new report, higher wages and salaries have resulted in higher household and family incomes across North Dakota; but despite the rise in incomes, there has been little overall change in the number of moderate-income households.
The TEENS Act would expand workable hours for affected teenagers to span from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., as well as increase the number of workable hours during a school week to 24.
Across the country, housing market conditions are “unlike anything the industry has ever seen.” Buyers are undeterred. The story behind how the local housing market is plowing ahead despite national challenges.
North Dakota's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 2.3% was the sixth-lowest in the United States for the month of July. Across the Red River, Minnesota had the nation's lowest mark at 1.8%.
“This is a nationwide problem. Inflation is damaging our national and local economies in ways that no one could have imagined, because the last time it was this bad was over 40 years ago,” says Neal Messer, Stark County Commissioner.

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The Great Plains Food Bank anticipates a 1 million pound distribution shortfall this fiscal year, equivalent to 800,000 meals.
If we want North Dakota to be open for business, we need to make sure our workers can find child care. We need child care workers as acutely as we need teachers and nurses.
It will be "something different from what you usually see from our administration," Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said on this issue of Plain Talk.

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