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Published June 19, 2012, 10:09 PM

Budget report says North Dakota will have a $2 billionsurplus by 2013

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's just one more sign North Dakota may have the strongest economy in the United States.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

It's just one more sign North Dakota may have the strongest economy in the United States. A new budget report says the state will have a 2-billion dollar surplus by next summer. It means about 850-million spendable dollars in the general fund, up from the 592 million predicted in March. The rest of the money can only be accessed if there's a revenue shortfall.

SEN. Tim Mathern – (D) North Dakota: β€œIt's an indicator that property taxes are out of whack in North Dakota, so with part of this money we can reform property taxes in such a way that there is a reduction of property taxes for residents of the state.”

Legislators will decide how the money should be spent in January.

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