- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Emergency Commission has voted against sending roughly $47,000 to three agencies for staff assistance.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/28K3EK8) reports the funding would have been for rental assistance and temporary salary boosts for employees impacted by energy development.

The Office of State Tax Commissioner, State Historical Society of North Dakota and the Game and Fish Department had requested the money. But lawmakers say lower oil prices mean there’s less need.

House Majority Leader Al Carlson, a Republican from Fargo, says it’s time to “suck it up.” Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner of Dickinson says oil patch communities are seeing declining rent because of the energy industry slowdown.

The Republican lawmaker says he doesn’t think the dollars are necessary.

The Emergency Commission includes the governor, secretary of state and legislative leaders.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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