Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Wednesday, Oct. 13.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers heard a medley of pitches Tuesday, Oct. 12, for the distribution of about $700 million in coronavirus aid, the first of six meetings this month in which state budget writers aim to map out their plan for the federal cash injection.
Individual lawmakers and Gov. Doug Burgum have combined for more than $9 billion worth of ideas for how to spend funds out of the American Rescue Plan Act, which the Legislature's House and Senate appropriations committees are looking to winnow and synthesize into a single bill before the start of a reconvened session next month. Full story here.
Minnesota ag leaders urge action on drought relief: 'Every day that ticks by is hard for us'
ST. PAUL — State agriculture industry leaders on Tuesday, Oct. 12, called on Minnesota lawmakers to approve $10 million in emergency funding for farmers hit hardest by historically dry conditions in the state.
Gov. Tim Walz and his administration last month proposed the relief package for farmers and livestock producers who sold off animals or lost their crops due to the drought. But lawmakers have not yet been able to reach a deal on that package or a plan for sending $250 million to frontline workers who remained on the job during the pandemic. Full story here.
Clay County redistricting likely to put many commission seats up for grabs in 2022
MOORHEAD — Most if not all of the seats on the Clay County Commission could be up for election in 2022 based on commission district redistricting that will take place using 2020 census numbers.
That's according to officials who updated county commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 12, regarding plans the county has for addressing how district lines could be redrawn in the wake of the decennial census.
Census numbers are starting to be released and based on that count Clay County's population grew from 58,999 in the 2010 census to 65,318 in the 2020 census, according to Mark Sloan, the county's information services director. Full story here.