MENU

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota

  • In The News
  • Background
  • Issues
  • Solutions
  • Pensions
  • Commentary
    • Budget timeframe: Biennial

      Fiscal Year begins: July 1 

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.

      ND Gov DalrympleGov. John "Jack" Dalrymple
      Office of Governor John Hoeven
      State Capitol
      600 East Boulevard Avenue, Department 101
      Bismarck, ND 58505-0001
      Phone: (701) 328-2200
      Fax: (701) 328-2205
      http://governor.nd.gov/
      Gov. Dalrymple's State of the State Address delivered on Jan. 4, 2011 can be found here.

       

      Pam Sharp, Director
      Office of Management and Budget
      600 E. Blvd. Ave., Dept. 110
      Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0400
      Phone (701) 328-4904
      Fax (701) 328-3230
      http://www.state.nd.us/omb
      omb@nd.gov

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities.  

       

      North Dakota is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article X, Section 13 of the Constitution as amended in 1973 restricts any indebtedness that is "not evidenced by a bond issue." North Dakota law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      The State has several governmental funds, of which three are considered major individual funds. Those three are the General Fund, the Federal Fund, and the School Permanent Trust Fund. The State budgets on a budgetary basis that differs from those used to present the financial statements in accordance with GAAP. The only major fund with a legally adopted budget is the General Fund. All other funds are budgeted together as "Other Budgeted Funds." [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      North Dakota council logo


    • Unions :

    • HEADLINES

      Some state pensions in dire straits

      USA Today | by Dustin Racioppi | March 21, 2014

      Not making payments to the pension funds, or only paying a portion of what an actuary has recommended, is largely what got these debt-burdened states to where they are today, experts say.

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

    • View All North Dakota articles
    • Budget Processes and Systems :

    • HEADLINES

      At least 7 states are expected to miss their budget forecasts this year

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | May 9, 2014

      All but seven states are expected to meet or beat budget forecasts by the time this fiscal year is over, according to a survey of state legislative fiscal officers in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

    • HEADLINES

      Why big cities so often lose in state legislatures

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Niraj Chokshi | February 24, 2014

      For more than a century, lawmakers from big cities have complained that their voices are ignored in state legislatures. And, it turns out, they’re right.

    • View All North Dakota articles
    • Higher Education :

    • HEADLINES

      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

    • HEADLINES

      Education spending balloons, but students in some states get more money than others

      Washington Post - GovBeat | by Reid Wilson | January 27, 2014

      There is disagreement within education circles over whether spending more money per pupil leads to better results. But there is no disagreement that the amount of money states spend on education has erupted in recent years.

    • View All North Dakota articles
    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.