Burgum’s Call for Cuts Contradicted by Raises to Some Agency Heads

BISMARCK, ND — As Gov. Doug Burgum has directed departments across the state to cut their budget proposals for the next biennium, the Industrial Commission – led by Governor Burgum, –  also awarded significant raises to some agency heads. The story comes not long after reports the administration awarded bonuses in an inconsistent manner.

Rep. Pam Anderson, a member of the Interim Commerce Committee and Government Administration Committee, said: 

“Giving significant raises to a few at the top while calling for cuts across the board sends a disrespectful message to the public employees who have been doing more with less since before the pandemic. Thousands of state workers have put themselves at risk to keep North Dakotans safe. If we’re going to give anyone raises it should be the people on the front lines.”