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Published December 05, 2012, 09:35 PM

Gov. Dalrymple unveils $13 billion budget over next two years

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's Governor unveiled a nearly $13 billion, two year budget today and in it is millions of dollars in property tax relief.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's Governor unveiled a nearly $13 billion, two year budget today and in it is millions of dollars in property tax relief.

Dalrymple's budget includes spending increases for public works, local schools and the university system.

NDSU would get $29 million for a new science and engineering building. UND, $68 million for the medical school.

The governor is proposing adding 171 new state workers, including 15 new state troopers.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota: “By 2015, our tax paying citizens will have received $2.1 billion in tax savings over 3 bienniums.”

North Dakota Democrats say Governor Dalrymple left some pressing needs out of his budget.

Representative Corey Mock says Dalrymple's plan doesn't bring more people into the Medicaid health insurance program. He says the state should expand coverage.

Senate Minority leader, Mac Schneider, says the Governor's tax relief plan doesn't go far enough.

Sen. Mac Schneider, (D) Grand Forks: “I haven't heard anyone in my district tell me that corporations like Walmart deserve larger property tax cut. I have heard a lot of people say their rent has gone up or the property taxes have gone up to a point they can't pay them. So we would like to see that relief channeled into deeper property tax relief and that includes relief for renters."

Lawmakers will go to work on Dalrymple's budget and their own ideas January 8th.

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