During the 2023 ND Legislative session, ND United asked for 8% and 8% increases for both education and public employees.
After this past election, we knew that getting necessary funding increases would be an uphill battle. K-12 funding ended with a 4% and 4% increase in the per pupil payment with an added 0.5% increase for special education funding. Additionally, section 11 of SB 2013 requires that 70% of the increased funding must go toward non-administrative salaries.
Public employees and higher education funding ended at 6% and 4%. While these are closer raises to what we asked for and what is needed, they are still not up to par with our current economic environment. We must continue to pay close attention to the actions of our elected officials as we head into another election season.