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Published December 08, 2010, 01:37 PM

Budget plan uses ND oil money for road repairs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil boom has been hard on local roads, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget plan would plow large amounts of oil tax money into road repairs.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil boom has been hard on local roads, and Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget plan would plow large amounts of oil tax money into road repairs.

The new North Dakota governor's proposal would spend $229 million repairing and improving state roads in the state's oil-producing counties over two years.

County and township roads would get another $142 million in repair money.

The cash would come from a state fund that is used for surplus oil tax collections. Normally, state road repair funds come from fuel tax collections and motor vehicle registration fees.

Dalrymple's budget also proposes giving a share of the state's motor vehicle excise tax collections to cities, counties and townships for road work.

That money now goes into the state's general treasury.

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