Burgum signs final extraordinary session bills, investing in infrastructure, workforce and other priorities

BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum today signed the final bills of the Special Session of the Legislative Assembly, approving strategic investments of federal dollars in infrastructure, workforce, economic development and other priorities.

The investments include support for a major pipeline to transport gas from the oilfield in western state to eastern North Dakota to serve communities and attract new industries – a key proposal in the plan. Accelerate ND of the Burgum-Sanford administration.

“Combined with tax breaks, these strategic investments will benefit North Dakota taxpayers now and for generations to come. Making these investments will grow and diversify our economy, make our state more competitive, improve the efficiency of government services, avoid inflationary costs, and create long-term savings for North Dakota taxpayers. Burgum said. “We are deeply grateful to the legislative leaders and to the Assembly as a whole for their collaboration on these priorities. Our common Conservative approach to budget management has allowed us to make these one-time investments without increasing government while providing tax relief to half a million citizens of North Dakota. “

The law signed today – House Bills 1505 and 1506 and Senate Bill 2345 – strategically invest the state allocation of the US Federal Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The largest investment is $ 150 million to the North Dakota Industrial Commission for matching grants to support pipeline infrastructure, including a major east-west pipeline from the Bakken oil fields. The total also includes $ 10 million that is to be used to transport natural gas to areas of Grand Forks County, where it will support a recently announced wet corn mill. A trans-state pipeline will help raise the cap on oil production in North Dakota by better utilizing the state’s abundant natural gas supplies, while generating additional tax revenues that support the Legacy Fund and others. public funds for schools, water supply projects and outdoor recreation.

Other infrastructure investments include:

  • $ 317 million for road and bridge projects approved by the Legislature at its regular session last spring, plus $ 135 in funding authority beyond regular federal funding in the 2021 biennium -2023 from the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
  • $ 75 million for essential water infrastructure.
  • $ 17.9 million for deferred maintenance and capital improvements in state parks, plus $ 5 million in matching funds to renovate and upgrade existing facilities in local park districts.
  • $ 45 million for broadband infrastructure grants to ensure all North Dakotas have high-speed data access that supports education, telehealth, government services and businesses.
  • $ 10 million for deferred maintenance of state facilities.

The legislation includes several investments to address the state’s labor shortage, which currently stands at 18,500 jobs online with Job Service North Dakota and more than 30,000 jobs. statewide. These investments include:

  • $ 88 million in matching funds for private sector investment in career centers where high school students can pursue careers in high demand in trades, technology and other sectors.
  • $ 38 million for Bismarck State College to create a polytechnic center to help meet specific industry needs using hands-on applied learning.
  • $ 15 million for the addition or expansion of local workforce development incentive grants.
  • $ 5 million for technical training grants and a workforce innovation grant program.

Investments in economic development programs and energy projects include:

  • $ 20 million for hydrogen development grants approved by the Clean Sustainable Energy Authority.
  • $ 21 million for an ethanol production subsidy.
  • $ 10 million to the Ministry of Commerce for matching grants for self-sustaining agriculture.
  • $ 5 million for the North Dakota Development Fund.

Investments in healthcare and behavioral health include:

  • $ 25 million in financial assistance for long-term care facilities and the public hospital.
  • $ 17 million for child care, $ 5 million for Medicaid system upgrades, $ 4 million for community health care and $ 3 million for treatment vouchers for disorders. substance addiction.
  • $ 15 million to the North Dakota Department of Health to build a new public health laboratory, with the department required to provide a plan for the building to the 2023 legislature.
  • $ 3 million for the Free Through Recovery program.

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