Gov. Burgum champions North Dakota’s progress, potential in 2020 State of the State address

Gov. Doug Burgum on Wednesday called North Dakota’s future “full of boundless opportunity” as he outlined a blueprint for the state’s oil tax savings fund and announced opportunities for workforce and community development.

The first-term Republican governor gave his State of State address at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. It’s his second such address given in an off-year of the biennial Legislature, the first being in Minot in 2018. Burgum, who is seeking reelection with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, spoke for 1 hour and 40 minutes about North Dakota’s achievements and outlook.

“The state of our state today is that it’s strong, it’s growing and it’s full of boundless opportunity,” Burgum said. “And by  seizing the opportunities that are in front of us and rejecting that piece of our culture, that self-imposed limitation that somehow in North Dakota that we’re too small or we’re too distant or we’re too cold