Dalrymple renews pitch for ND energy officeBISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple is renewing his pitch for a North Dakota energy office within the state's Department of Commerce.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Jack Dalrymple is renewing his pitch
for a North Dakota energy office within the state's Department of
In his State of the State speech to the Legislature on Tuesday,
Dalrymple said the move is needed because energy is "such a large
part" of North Dakota's economic future.
He says the proposed office would support all energy
development, along with opportunities for North Dakota businesses
to supply the energy industry.
Dalrymple's proposed budget includes $600,000 over two years for
the new division. Some lawmakers have been skeptical of the
proposal because of its price tag and its request for two new
employees for the Commerce Department.
Dalrymple says the "payback to the citizens of North Dakota
would be tremendous" if the office is established.
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