North Dakota lawmakers must control spending in the state that is facing "revenue uncertainty," Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday in his first State of the State speech on the Legislature's opening day.
"Right now is the time to right-size government," Burgum told a joint session of the state House and Senate at the state Capitol in Bismarck. "While declining revenues are a problem, the root culprit is spending."
North Dakota state government spending has risen more than $8 billion in the past decade.
Burgum spoke less than two hours after the North Dakota Legislature began its 2017 session at noon Tuesday. The budget will be a major topic...