- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Legislature is heading to its final day of a three-day special session to address a $310 million shortfall in the state budget.

North Dakota’s House will take up a bill Thursday morning to further cuts to government agencies, take profits from North Dakota’s state-owned bank and exhaust what’s left of a rainy day fund to make up the shortfall.

North Dakota’s Senate voted 46-0 Wednesday to approve the bill crafted by Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple and GOP legislative leaders.

Attempts by Democrats to amend the measure to restore some funding for social programs and property tax relief failed in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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