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 resources they needed for the job required of them. A promise not to cut any full-time state employees would show the gratitude they’ve earned. They deserve to know their jobs are secure, and they need to be included in developing solutions to the budget crisis we are facing.”

Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman said:

“Determining what programming is essential and what is optional will again be an incredibly challenging task because of forces outside of our control. It’s past time to learn the lessons of previous years and not only balance the budget, but to invest in North Dakotans in a way that diversifies our economy and supports existing industries, so we’re not in this position again.”