May 20, 2020

Pete Buttigieg to Keynote Dem-NPL Virtual Governors’ Dinner 

BISMARCK, ND — The Democratic-NPL Party is excited to announce former Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will keynote the 3rd Annual Governors’ Dinner. The event is May 28 at 5 p.m. and will be held virtually for the first time as part of continued physical distancing efforts. The full speaker lineup will […]

May 12, 2020

Dem-NPL Statement on Emergency Commission’s Covid-19 Spending Recommendations

BISMARCK, ND — The Emergency Commission held a specially scheduled meeting Tuesday to make recommendations on more than $524 million in CARES Act money to the Office of Management and Budget as well as millions in other federal money and expenditures. The Legislative Budget Section committee will vote on the allocation on Friday. North Dakota is receiving more […]

May 8, 2020

Next Emergency Budget Process Must Include Earlier Legislative and Citizen Input

BISMARCK, ND — The state of North Dakota released more than $541 million in budget requests for the Office of Management and Budget and other spending related to the state’s $1.25 billion in federal covid-19 relief funding.Next week, the Emergency Commission will make a recommendation regarding the proposal to the legislative Budget Section, which will then vote on whether […]

May 7, 2020

Dem-NPL Statement on Coal Creek Station Plant Retirement

BISMARCK — Great River Energy announced today it would close McLean County’s Coal Creek Station plant in 2022, although a sale to another coal operator may be in the works.House Minority Leader Josh Boschee and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman released the following statements.House Minority Leader Josh Boschee said:“Great River Energy has been an amazing partner […]

May 1, 2020

State Employees Earned Job Security; Past Time to Learn from Prior Shortfalls 

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum today announced his proposed budget guidelines for the 2021-2023 biennium. House Minority Leader Josh Boschee and Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman released the following statements. House Minority Leader Josh Boschee said: “North Dakota’s state employees have done an amazing job supporting our citizens through this crisis, although they didn’t always have the […]

April 28, 2020

Dem-NPL Statement on Plan to End Covid-19 Business Closures

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum today announced guidelines for certain businesses to re-open after being closed by his executive order related to the covid-19 pandemic. On the same day, the North Dakota AFL-CIO and related organizations put forward a proposal that puts worker safety at the forefront of any and all economic re-opening. Dem-NPL Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:“As restaurant […]

April 27, 2020

Gov. Burgum Ready to “Dial Up a Little Risk” With North Dakotans’ Health

BISMARCK, ND — Gov. Burgum announced today businesses previously closed by his executive order as a result of the covid-19 pandemic would be able to re-open this weekend under certain criteria he will announce tomorrow. During the press conference he said North Dakota was read to “dial up a little risk.”Dem-NPL Chairwoman Kylie Oversen said:“The governor said […]

April 24, 2020

Eviction Protections Lifted: Time for Gov. to Issue Moratorium that Protects Working Families

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Supreme Court amended the order halting eviction hearings to now allow evictions, which means North Dakotans who have lost employment through no fault of their own and lack other resources, may now be ordered out of their homes. Rent is due a week from today, and renters only get three days […]

April 23, 2020

The Wait Continues for Unemployment Benefit Payments

BISMARCK, ND — Today Gov. Burgum said unemployment benefit payments for those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic might finally be sent to North Dakotans next week.Last month, groups of distressed renters, advocacy organizations, nonprofits, and the Dem-NPL urged the governor to sign an executive order and moratorium on evictions, late rental fees, and foreclosures. Renters asked for […]

April 21, 2020

North Dakota’s Oil Market Response Must Focus on Families, Small Businesses, and Communities that Rely on Industry 

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota is facing possibly unprecedented budget challenges as the oil market crashed this week. The plunge follows an international price war as well as dropping oil use during the covid-19 pandemic. The energy industry has been integral in creating good-paying jobs and funding for North Dakota’s roads, schools, and other infrastructure projects.Senate Minority Leader […]