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Dakota Download Governor Burgum's Weekly Update - February 10, 2019

Background photo (from left): Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis, Sen. Jordan Kannianen, MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, Gov. Doug Burgum, House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, Sen. Dwight Cook, Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford

Governor, legislative leaders, MHA chairman highlight support for oil tax revenue sharing bill

Gov. Doug Burgum joined MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox, legislative leaders and Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger for a press conference to highlight the bipartisan support and benefits of a bill that would change how the state and tribe share tax revenue from oil and gas production and extraction on trust and fee lands.

Senate Bill 2312, introduced by Sen. Jordan Kannianen and co-sponsored by the House and Senate majority leaders, is a product of extensive dialogue between the Governor’s Office, legislative and tribal leaders, industry representatives and the state tax department.

“This agreement is critical for creating a stable tax and regulatory environment across North Dakota that will help us compete with shale plays in other areas of the country,” Burgum said. “We’re in a competition for capital investment and talent, and our state and tribal nations become stronger competitors when we work together as a team.”

Burgum expressed his gratitude for House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, House Minority Leader Josh Boschee and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, all of whom spoke in support of the bill, as well as Sen. Dwight Cook, who chairs the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee and played a key role in crafting the legislation. The bill received its first hearing Wednesday.

MHA Nation Chairman Mark Fox.

Governor, First Lady join legislators, recovery advocates and service providers to highlight first Recovery Day at the Capitol

Gov. Burgum and First Lady Kathryn Burgum expressed their gratitude to the recovery advocates, legislative leaders, peer support specialists, individuals with lived experience, behavioral health care providers and other stakeholders who helped highlight the first-ever Recovery Day at the Capitol.

The event, announced during the second Recovery Reinvented event in September, was held to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and the disease of addiction and to celebrate the power and hope of recovery.

“We have an opportunity here in North Dakota, working together, to create the strongest, most positive culture of any state in the U.S. that promotes recovery,” Gov. Burgum said.

More than 150 people attended the program in Memorial Hall, including two dozen providers who spent the day connecting people with services and educational materials.

“All you have to do is talk about it. Share a story. Talk about others in recovery. Talk about people you know who are struggling now. Just talk about it,” First Lady Burgum said. “It will help normalize the conversation. It will help us bring this disease and the issues around mental illness and addiction to the forefront so it can eliminate stigma and become part of a holistic approach to health care.”

Missed the event? Check out our recap video below!

DECA students hear from governor at Mandan High School

Governor Burgum spoke to Mandan and Bismarck high school students who are involved in DECA or business classes and are interested in making sure that their communities are successful and that opportunities for young entrepreneurs are available.

With 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the private sector, Burgum was grateful for the opportunity to share stories and lessons with students as they look forward to their own futures.

The governor told students that the entrepreneur is the person in a community who sees a need that is unfulfilled and meets that need, taking the risk to capitalize on that opportunity.

Organizations like DECA, which provides students with hands-on learning opportunities, are critical in ensuring that today's students are ready for tomorrow's workforce.

Episode 2 of 'Work Worth Doing' podcast is now available

Episode 2 of Gov. Burgum's new podcast, “Work Worth Doing,” is now available. Listen to his conversation with Theodore Roosevelt V on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.

The show's title was inspired by former President Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

Make sure to check out the first episode, featuring an interview with Burgum and Leann Bertsch, director of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

FMWF Chamber Day at the Capitol

Gov. Burgum spoke with members of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce at the Capitol this week as they visited Bismarck to participate in the legislative session.

Burgum answered questions from the group regarding key issues concerning them, including the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project and proposed changes to higher education governance.

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and nonprofit member firms representing more than 109,000 people.

Drifted snow under an overpass Thursday on Interstate 94 west of Fargo. As of Saturday, this photo posted by the North Dakota Department of Transportation had more than 4,600 comments on Facebook and over 30,000 shares!

We are deeply grateful to the snow plow drivers, law enforcement officers and everyone else who keeps North Dakota safe during winter weather!

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