Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - December 9, 2018

Burgum delivers 2019-2021 budget address, emphasizing strategic investments and spending within the state’s means

Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday released his 2019-2021 Executive Budget, presenting the 66th Legislative Assembly with a plan that creates structural balance, improves transparency and replenishes reserves without any tax increases.

“Based on our newly implemented strategy review process, we have prepared a budget that delivers for the people of North Dakota,” Burgum said. "As responsible stewards of our financial resources, we are committed to balancing ongoing revenues and expenses, building reserves, encouraging innovation and investing strategically -- all without raising taxes."

Burgum noted the budget makes significant investments in infrastructure, education, behavioral health, team member compensation, legacy projects and other priorities while ensuring state government lives within its means.

Click here to watch the governor's budget address. The address and PowerPoint presentation are posted with the executive budget here on the Office of Management and Budget's website.

Sanford addresses 55th annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop

Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford provided the welcome and keynote address Thursday to the 55th annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck.

Sanford spoke about the importance of proper water management to making North Dakota an agricultural powerhouse, supporting communities and the economy and helping farmers, ranchers and others through drought conditions.

He also discussed how the executive budget released by Gov. Burgum on Wednesday includes $464 million for essential water projects.

Governor, First Lady host annual tree lighting ceremony at Capitol

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum were joined Thursday by hundreds of people for holiday readings, music and carols at the annual North Dakota State Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Memorial Hall at the Capitol.

The theme for this year’s holiday tree was “Dream. Hope. Act.,” inspired by the first lady’s platform of eliminating the stigma of the disease of addiction, encouraging those struggling to reach out for help and instilling that there is always hope for recovery.

"No matter what you hold dear to you this holiday season, you can be inspired by the words of 'Dream. Hope. Act.' -- to dream of a better and brighter future, inspire hope in yourself and others to selflessly think outwards, and take action to help realize your dreams," Helgaas Burgum said.

The ceremony included traditional songs and readings and featured pianist Joel Gilbertson and the Simle Middle School Choir. This year's tree is decorated with 270 handmade ornaments.

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