Doug Burgum in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Budget & Economy: Investing in infrastructure now will save us millions

Now is the time to invest in our future with a backbone of smart, efficient, modern infrastructure. We can save tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars by investing now versus waiting for years to pay cash for aging infrastructure. With a flexible $700 million revolving loan fund, we can support strategic high-dollar infrastructure projects while creating room in our DOT budget and the Resources Trust Fund to support many other smaller yet essential water and road projects.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

On Education: Expand career/technical academies across the state

Should that individual choose an education pathway in a career academy like the very successful one here in Bismarck that teams up higher education, the private sector and K-12, he or she shouldn't have to live in the capital city to have access to that type of learning model. Our budget called for providing $45 million to support the expansion and development of similarly successful career and technical education centers across North Dakota.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

On Energy & Oil: Clean coal will allow us to shape global energy policy

Creating a low-cost, highly reliable, clean coal base load solution for a planet hungry for more electricity, yet focused on a carbon-constrained future, would put North Dakota in the position to shape global energy policy. We can support those North Dakota communities that wouldn't exist without the coal plants and the coal sector workers who've been keeping the lights on dependently and cost-effectively in America with North Dakota lignite for more than 100 years.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

On Government Reform: One-stop reporting for hazardous spills helps state respond

We can streamline processes to provide better service and increased transparency such as the new Unified Spill Reporting System. The result is a simplified one-stop reporting system for hazardous materials spills, eliminating the need for producers and the public to report spills to sometimes three or four different state agencies. Through increased collaboration and unified reporting, our state agencies are now better prepared to protect North Dakota's water, air and soil.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

On Technology: Essential to invest in protecting the data of our citizens

We can provide citizen-focused service by investing in IT to replace or upgrade our three severely antiquated mainframes, which in one now well-publicized case forced us to hire programmers from Latvia because no one else in the world still worked with systems that old. And given the persistent threat of foreign national cyberattacks, such as the current SolarWinds attack, it's essential that we make investments to protect the data of our citizens.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to North Dakota legislature Jan 5, 2021

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