Surge Bill Passes ND Senate

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A bill to provide over a billion dollars to communities in the Bakken passed unanimously in the Senate this afternoon, with the amendments proposed by the House. But this surge bill has changed quite a bit since it was first passed.

The surge bill would will provide $1.1 billion for infrastructure projects in the state's oil patch.

The money will come from the Strategic Investment and Improvements Fund.

But, the bill has changed quite a bit since it was initially introduced.
There's 36 million dollars less than the first version the Senate passed, with reduced funds for cities in the oil patch like Williston, Dickinson, Minot and Watford City, as well as oil producing counties.

"This is going to be a boon to the Western part of the state and indeed the entire state," said Sen. John Warner, D-Ryder.

A major addition includes a increase of $150 million to funding requested by The Department of Transportation. The DOT will get $450 million.

There will be $240 million awarded to the 10 counties with the highest oil and gas production tax allocations, $172 million will fund larger cities in the Bakken and $112 million will go to non-oil producing counties.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple is expected to sign the bill into law tomorrow morning