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    • 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
      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


      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]


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    • 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.