Operation Prairie Dog passes

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The North Dakota Legislature has passed a major spending plan aimed at rebuilding infrastructure projects outside of the state’s oil patch.

The Senate voted 46-0 on Thursday for a House bill that will provide $250 million in every two-year budget cycle for counties, cities and airports in non-oil producing areas.

The proposal by the Legislature’s Republican majority leaders has been called “Operation Prairie Dog.”

The measure now heads to Gov. Doug Burgum.