In a First Since 2002, North Dakota Governor Requires Budget Cuts

May 6, 2016 AT 12:50 PM

Gov. Jack Dalrymple called on state agency heads Wednesday to craft budgets for the 2017-19 biennium at 90 percent of the spending levels approved for the current biennium while making exceptions for the departments of corrections and human services.

In light of an economic slowdown stemming from low commodity prices and subsequent decline in revenues, Dalrymple’s guidelines are a sharp contrast to previous bienniums. It’s the first time since 2002 a North Dakota governor has issued budget guidelines requiring cuts in state agency budgets.

"No one could foresee the extent to which commodity prices would fall after the Legislature adopted the current budget,” Dalrymple said. “We must find greater savings and efficiencies while minimizing as much as possible the impact on services. We must continue to demonstrate that we are good stewards of the people’s money."

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