- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple has rejected a request by Democratic leaders who believe a special session is needed to deal with the state’s projected budget shortfall.

The governor said in a statement to The Associated Press Tuesday that a special session is not necessary and there is a “plan in place” that will guide the state through the end of the year.

Dalrymple says the Legislature could take action as soon as December, at which time more budget information will be available.

Democrats said last week they don’t believe that Dalrymple’s across-the-board cuts were strategic or thoughtful and asked for a “brief and focused” session to discuss restoring about 20 percent of the reductions.

Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider was not immediately available for comment.

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