Judiciary’s budget request contrary to governor’s guidance
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s judicial branch is asking for additional funding in the next budget, despite a call from Gov. Doug Burgum for executive agencies to submit reduced budget requests.
The judiciary is asking for a 2.9 percent increase for the 2019-2021 biennium budget, or nearly $3 million. The Bismarck Tribune says the funding would pay for seven new full-time district court staff positions, including a new judge and court reporter for the district that includes Burleigh and Morton counties.
North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle says the request reflects the court system’s needs after cutting 35 full-time positions in 2017.
Burgum is calling for agencies to submit budget requests that are 5 percent to 10 percent lower.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com