Press Conference Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. CT: Prairie Dog, CARES Act, and the Economy

BISMARCK, ND — The Democratic-NPL House and Senate Caucuses will hold a virtual press conference Wednesday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. to lay out an infrastructure proposal related to the covid-19 pandemic and its economic fall-out. Representatives will discuss legislative input for allocating CARES Act money and likely shortfalls to Prairie Dog funding.

The North Dakota Emergency Commission is expected to vote on spending $400 million of the $1.25 billion federal CARES Act funding on Thursday with a Legislative Budget Section meeting following next week. The Budget Section only has an up or down vote, which means six members of the same party are determining how to spend $1.25 billion.


Sen. Tim Mathern represents Senate District 11 in Fargo. Mathern is a member of the Budget Section and Appropriations Committee. He is Director of Public Policy at Prairie St. John’s. 

Rep. Marvin Nelson represents House District 9 and lives in Rolla. Nelson is a member of the Industry, Business, and Labor Committee and Transportation Committee. He is an agricultural consultant. 

Sen. Larry Robinson represents Senate District 24 and lives in Valley City. He is a member of the Budget Section and Appropriations Committee. Robinson is Executive Director of University Advancement at Valley State City University. 

House Minority Leader Josh Boschee represents District 44 in Fargo. He is a member of the Budget Section, Legacy Fund Earnings Committee, and Legislative Revenue Advisory Committee. He is a sales manager at Hatch Realty.

How to attend

The virtual press conference is Wednesday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. CT. Contact Alex Rohr, [email protected] for log-in information.