Burgum’s Blinders: Governor Doubles Down on Extreme Cuts Despite Increased Revenue

Refusing to budge despite the new facts, Governor Burgum continues his commitment to cutting funding for education, essential government services, and much-needed infrastructure projects

(BISMARCK, ND) — Governor Doug Burgum is so committed to his draconian budget cuts that he won’t let the facts get in the way of scoring partisan points. Despite reports of increased revenue from an uptick in gas prices, Burgum has doubled down saying he will stick with his plan to cut funding for state agencies 5 to 10 percent across the board.

“Governor Burgum should know that flexibility is key to governing, but that doesn’t seem to be a lesson he has learned in Bismarck,” said Scott McNeil, Executive Director of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “These cuts are drastic and will hurt agencies already underfunded and overextended. Restoring fiscal responsibility in Bismarck is a goal shared by both parties, but the budget should not be balanced the backs of working families who rely on government services or students who are looking for a good education. North Dakotans deserve legislators who will stand up against these irresponsible cuts and produce a budget that puts North Dakotans first.”