ND DOT Budget Passed

ND DOT Budget Passed Click to Enlarge

The House has narrowly passed a one-point-two billion dollar budget for the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Many of the “no” votes came because of DOT’s proposal to close eight maintenance sites around the state.
Those include the Finley and Mayville shops. The DOT would lease the buildings and give the snowplows to local governments.

Another topic of talk involved the state subsidizing the cost of license plates and drivers licenses to the tune of four-point-five million dollars. Representative Karla Rose Hanson says it’s seems strange not to address “fees” while tapping into 20-percent of revenues from local parking meters.

The DOT budget bill passed 52 to 38. It will likely end up in a House-Senate conference committee.

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