ND state budget has grown 492% since 1993, 156% since 2003

Spending: Dalrymple is recommending $12.8 billion in state spending over two years, an increase of 29 percent from the current budget. The sum includes federal aid and money reserved for specific uses, such as road construction and hunting and fishing regulation. General fund spending, which is financed mostly by taxes on income, sales, energy and corporations, would rise to $4.8 billion over two years under Dalrymple’s plan, an increase of almost 18 percent over two years.

Growth: The Legislature’s 2003-05 budget spent $5 billion, a figure that included $1.8 billion in general fund spending. Ten years before, the 1993-95 budget totaled $2.16 billion, including $1.25 billion in general fund expenditures.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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