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Published January 08, 2013, 06:01 PM

Dalrymple tells big plans at state of the state address

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - Governor Jack Dalrymple made big commitments this afternoon as he gave the state of the state address.

By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - Governor Jack Dalrymple made big commitments this afternoon as he gave the state of the state address.

WDAY's Andrea is live, with what this legislative session is calling major investments.

Today, the Governor promised tax cuts, while covering necessities like healthcare and education. But he also plans on spending our economic assets by pumping millions into other priorities.

As the governor and first lady filed in, high expectations and positive remarks did too.

The 2013 legislative session kicked off with Governor Jack Dalrymple's oath to office and followed with promises to use North Dakota's budget for our biggest priorities.

In the last two years 16,000 new units popped up across the state and it shows no sign of slowing down.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota: "That is an impressive amount of new housing. But the demand for all types of housing in some communities is rising faster than builders can complete the projects."

To keep the market booming, Governor Dalrymple plans on spending $15 million from last biennium to build 739,000 more units benefitting renters who have low to moderate income.

In the next two years he plans to push 50 more million into housing and even more is recommended for North Dakota's roadways.

By 2015 the budget for safe highways, bridges and county roads is planned to increase upwards of $2.7 billion.

Dalrymple: "The level of activity in our state demands that we keep up with these long-term investments."

And flood recovery made top priority too.

Dalrymple: "The Fargo area, as well as Valley City and Lisbon have made good progress acquiring homes and building flood protection for their cities.”

As the governor looks for a permanent fix to flooding across the state, he also wants to pump 515 million into water projects.

The governor called North Dakota a "shining example" for the nation reminding us we have record job creation with a low 2.8% unemployment rate, and he only plans for the trend to continue.

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