Ten North Dakota cabinet-level agencies are asking employees to take voluntary buyouts to help balance the state budget.
The letter sent to some 3,600 employees Tuesday comes as legislators continue struggling to adopt a balanced budget for the next two-year budget cycle. The most recent estimates are that revenues will fall nearly $500 million short of the state's proposed $4.3 billion spending plan.
Mike Nowatzki, a spokesman for Gov. Doug Burgum, says the governor met with the appointed heads of 17 agencies to discuss the buyouts. He says 10 agencies opted to offer the buyouts.
Nowatzki says there is no target for the number of employees who may wish to leave.
The letter says the buyouts may limit the need for layoffs.
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