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Published May 09, 2013, 04:30 PM

12 percent of N.D. residents in poverty, despite budget surplus

Although North Dakota has a budget surplus about twelve percent of residents are still living in poverty. This has some state and local leaders taking action.

Although North Dakota has a budget surplus about twelve percent of residents are still living in poverty. This has some state and local leaders taking action.

I spoke with the Salvation Army, local economy experts and state leaders who say raising awareness of poverty and creating workforce training programs are needed in the area. They say the cost of living continues to rise, making it hard on families to pay for essentials like gas and food. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says poverty isn't restricted to any certain groups.

Heitkamp: "Poverty in North Dakota is not just restricted to Indian Country. We still have far too high of a rate of poverty with our children. We have a lot of working families who still very much struggle to make ends meet."

Heitkamp says improving workforce training, educational programs and keeping our food shelves stocked will help with poverty in the area.

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