- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans have unveiled a revamped formula used to distribute a portion of the state’s oil and gas production tax revenue.

The plan unveiled Wednesday by GOP leaders from North Dakota’s oil-producing region favors communities impacted by oil development.

The fund currently sets aside 75 percent of some oil tax revenues for the state and 25 percent for local governments. The proposed plan that will be presented to the Legislature in January would change the split to 60-40 in favor of local communities.

Officials say the proposal would more than double oil production tax revenue to oil counties to about $2.2 billion over the next two-year budget cycle.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner says investing in North Dakota’s oil-producing region benefits the entire state.

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