Gov. Burgum shaking things up

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MINOT, N.D. - That's first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, congratulating her husband after he finished his state of the state address Tuesday morning in Minot.

In tone and presentation, Gov. Doug Burgum seemed more like a Microsoft executive than a politician.

And the topics he discussed resonated with people on both sides of the political aisle.

This Chamber is traditional where the governor would give his stated of the state address. But, this year Gov. Burgum is shaking things up.

"The state of the state is one of unlimited promise and potential provided that we embrace change, we diversfy our economy, and we harness the unstoppable forces of technology," said Burgum.

The governor discussed some of the challenges of his first year like the pipeline protests and the drought, but also looked forward to 2018 and how he'd like to bring the state's education system into the future.

However Democrats pointed to what they think are mistakes made during the last legislative session which will impact North Dakotans.

"Make no mistake about, this year and next, North Dakotan's will see property tax increases," said Rep. Ron Guggisberg, D-Fargo.

The Democrats and the governor did agree on one thing however.

"The war on drugs is tough on tax payers, that's what it is. We need to come up with solutions that solve the problem and work for tax payers," said Burgum.

"Behavioral health funding is something the state has promised is something the legislature has promised to North Dakotans but so far has failed to deliver," said Guggisberg.

State democrats have expressed their willingness with governor Doug Burgum and work together to make the state stronger.