North Dakota GOP to unveil oil patch spending plan

Associated Press

North Dakota Republicans are slated to unveil a spending plan to address funding problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Republicans are slated to unveil a spending plan to address funding problems tied to the oil boom in the western part of the state.

GOP leaders from the state's oil-producing region say the plan is the result of meetings between lawmakers and local officials.

North Dakota's newfound oil riches have resulted in unprecedented demands for spending on roads, schools, public works, law enforcement and emergency medical services.

Democrats want to revamp a formula used to distribute the state's oil and gas production tax revenue. The fund currently sets aside 75 percent for the state and 25 percent for local governments.

Some Democrats have pushed for 60-40 in favor of local governments.

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