North Dakota Dem-NPL speaks after 2024 State of the State address, criticize Governor Burgum

Courtesy: North Dakota Dem-NPL
Courtesy: North Dakota Dem-NPL

(Bismarck, ND) -- The North Dakota Dem-NPL is reacting to North Dakota's 2024 State of the State Address.

The comments come from the Senate Minority Leader Kathy Hogan and House Minority Leader Zac Ista, both members of the ND Dem-NPL. They issued a statement following the Tuesday state address in Dickinson, which celebrated the state's high work participation rates, an increase in population, and several other accomplishments. 

 “North Dakotans are demanding more than just another income tax cuts," said Hogan. "They want real solutions to the workforce crisis, the childcare crisis, the housing crisis, and the mental health crisis—all of which have gone unsolved on Republicans’ watch. Democrats have been beating the drum for more investments in each of these areas for years. But the outgoing administration’s focus on the things that will really improve the lives of everyday North Dakotans was too little and too late."

"The truth is this: the Biden Administration has invested billions of federal dollars into North Dakota’s infrastructure, housing, and broadband internet. Inflation is down. Unemployment is down. Gas prices are down. Consumer confidence, wages, and the stock market are up. And under Joe Biden, America is producing more oil than any country in history," said Ista. "It’s time for the Governor to reboot his language to match reality.” 

In addition to the statements from the Dem-NPL, they also want to prioritize supporting public employees, public education, and fully-funding school lunches.