BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 21, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum announced today that he will deliver his rescheduled 2022 State of the State Address at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo.
The address was initially scheduled for this week but was postponed due to the governor having laryngitis. The venue has changed to the Fargo Theatre due to a scheduling conflict with the previously scheduled venue at North Dakota State University. Additional information about the rescheduled address, including electronic media setup, will be provided in the coming weeks.
The address will also be livestreamed from the Governor’s Office website at www.governor.nd.gov.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the following three grants totaling $682,500:
- $227,500 to the Souris Basin Planning Council to support Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, and Ward counties.
- $227,500 to the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council to support Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sheridan, and Sioux.
- $227,500 to the North Central Planning Council to support Benson, Cavalier, Eddy, Ramsey, Rolette, and Towner, including the Spirit Lake Nation and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservations.
All of the funds will be used to establish an economic development planning framework, process, and strategy to support private capital investment and job creation in the regions.
BISMARCK, N.D. (JAN. 13, 2022) – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration did not have authority to impose a vaccine mandate on private businesses with 100 or more employees.
“Today’s ruling reaffirms what we’ve said from the beginning: This misguided vaccine mandate was blatant federal overreach by the Biden administration,” Burgum said. “Vaccines and boosters remain the best defense against COVID-19 severe illness, hospitalization and death and are readily available to all North Dakota residents, and we encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated to consult with their trusted medical provider.”
The Supreme Court upheld 5-4 a separate vaccine mandate on employers who receive funding through federal Medicare or Medicaid programs, affecting an estimated 17 million health care workers. Burgum expressed his disappointment that hospitals and long-term care facilities won’t be allowed to make their own vaccine decisions as private employers.
BISMARCK – Today, Perrie Schafer, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) issued the following statement in response North Dakota House Majority Leader Chet Pollert’s announcement that he would be retiring at the end of term:
“On behalf of the entire North Dakota Republican Party, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to Representative Chet Pollert for the over two decades of exemplary service he has given to our state in the legislature. As a true conservative leader, Chet has been an important advocate for our agricultural sector while also being a steward of our taxpayers’ money. While we will miss his leadership dearly, we wish him and his family nothing but the very best in this new chapter of their lives.”