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Published December 05, 2012, 01:38 PM

North Dakota Democrats question GOP governor's budget

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the North Dakota Legislature say Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple left some pressing needs out of his budget proposals.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the North Dakota Legislature say Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple left some pressing needs out of his budget proposals.

Dalrymple presented a $12.8 billion budget plan to legislators Wednesday shortly before they ended their three-day organizational session.

House assistant Democratic leader Corey Mock says Dalrymple's plan doesn't mention bringing more people into the Medicaid health insurance program.

The federal health care reform law offers state incentives to cover low-income adults who don't have children. Mock says the state should grab the opportunity to expand coverage.

Senate Democratic leader Mac Schneider says Dalrymple's plans for cutting school property tax bills should benefit renters as well as property owners.

Dalrymple wants to cut corporate tax rates, and Schneider says the money would be better used to cut property taxes.

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