The North Dakota Legislature is considering the state’s infrastructure needs. Representative Jared Hagert, who farms at Emerado, says there is a desire for improvements and different ways of getting it done. “It’s like squeezing a balloon, we can move some over to one side to get funded what is needed.” At issue is how much North Dakota can afford for infrastructure improvements. The state’s revenue forecast changed in mid-March and federal COVID funding may be an option. Hagert says these discussions may continue through the end of the session, but agriculture won’t be forgotten. “There is an opportunity to add $30 million for rural infrastructure. There are townships all over the state reeling from the effects of the mid-summer rain last year.”
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