State of North Dakota Archives: on Budget & Economy


Rick Becker: Reverse the trend of imprudent & increasing spending

Source: 2016 N.D. Governor campaign website, BeckerForGovernor.com Dec 10, 2015

Heidi Heitkamp: Quit playing blame game & pass Balanced Budget Amendment

Democrats are failing to slow the nation's growing $16 trillion debt because they won't agree on budget and tax reforms in the Senate, Berg said.

Berg said a new, comprehensive federal budget was the best strategy for reining in the growth of the nation's budget deficits, and that the Democratic-controlled Senate has not approved one in more than three years. "If we're going to solve a family problem, or a small-business problem, the first step is, you need a budget," Berg said. "We need a budget that comes to closure, so people can see we're going to balance it."

Heitkamp praised a budget plan she said was put forward by Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma. She also backs a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution, she said. "I think the path forward is, quit playing the blame game. I think it's atrocious we don't have a budget, but I think that the reason why we don't have a budget is because both political parties refuse to solve the problem."

Source: Connecticut Post on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Rick Berg: We need a budget that comes to closure, and reins in deficit

Democrats are failing to slow the nation's growing $16 trillion debt because they won't agree on budget and tax reforms in the Senate, Berg said.

Berg said a new, comprehensive federal budget was the best strategy for reining in the growth of the nation's budget deficits, and that the Democratic-controlled Senate has not approved one in more than three years. "If we're going to solve a family problem, or a small-business problem, the first step is, you need a budget," Berg said. "We need a budget that comes to closure, so people can see we're going to balance it."

Heitkamp praised a budget plan she said was put forward by Sen. Tom Coburn, a conservative Republican from Oklahoma. She also backs a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution, she said. "I think the path forward is, quit playing the blame game. I think it's atrocious we don't have a budget, but I think that the reason why we don't have a budget is because both political parties refuse to solve the problem."

Source: Connecticut Post on 2012 N.D. Senate debate Oct 25, 2012

Duane Sand: Wouldn't have voted to raise the debt ceiling

Sand said a major difference between himself and Berg is that he wouldn't have voted to raise the debt ceiling. "I'm not a go-along-to-get-along politician," Sand said. "I'm not going to cave in to poor decisions by Republican leadership in Washington."
Source: Bismarck Tribune on 2012 N.D. Senate debate May 20, 2012

Tracy Potter: $700B stimulus spending ok; something needed to be done

The candidates disagreed about the merits of the federal government's $700 billion stimulus package. Hoeven said he didn't support it "in the form in which it was passed,'' and said it should have focused on tax credits for small businesses and more investment in roads. "The federal government just keeps spending money,'' Hoeven said. "Those jobs that were created will be gone when the federal government money runs out.''

Potter said not all the stimulus money was wisely spent, but something needed to be done. He said Hoeven also believes there were positive impacts because the governor has "cut ribbons'' for stimulus projects all across North Dakota.

"I go to state events when there's state investment,'' Hoeven responded.

Source: Crookston Daily Times coverage of 2010 N.D. Senate Debate Sep 24, 2010

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