As the North Dakota Legislative Assembly opens, lawmakers like state Senator and Jamestown farmer Terry Wanzek are ready to address challenges. Wanzek explains that oil revenues are higher than projected in the state. Sales tax and purchases are also above the previous time period last year, a positive indication of North Dakota’s economy. “This last budget cycle, with the commodity fluctuations in oil prices and commodity prices going down, we’ve gone through some hard times,” said Wanzek. “Things are looking brighter.” North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum had a positive outlook in the State of the State Address Thursday. “Our farmers and ranchers can compete with anyone, anywhere, anytime if they’re given a level playing field,” said Burgum.