- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum says he’ll donate his salary since taking office in December to addiction recovery and treatment initiatives.

Burgum says in a statement that his wife, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, will announce the initiatives later. Burgum says his donation will be “seed money” in improving addiction treatment statewide.

Helgaas Burgum has said in the past she is a recovering alcoholic and wanted to use her experience to help others.

Burgum’s gross salary for the half-year amounts to about $72,000, and a net of about $51,500 will be donated.

He said he plans to decline a salary starting July 1.

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