ND Lawmakers Prickly on Cactus ConservatorySome North Dakota lawmakers are a bit prickly about spending state money on a conservatory for cactus.
By: Associated Press,
ISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some North Dakota lawmakers are a bit prickly about spending state money on a conservatory for cactus.
The project is part of the two-year budget for North Dakota's parks department. It won final approval in the Legislature on Wednesday.
The budget includes $242,000 to expand a conservatory at the International Peace Garden.
The garden already houses part of a huge cactus collection. The expansion would allow the Peace Garden to house the rest of the cacti.
Lawmakers have been arguing about the cactus building and a proposed study of whether prison property near the Missouri River should be turned into a park.
The final budget kept the cactus and dropped the park study. Hazen Sen. Randy Christmann objected. He said taxpayers' money shouldn't be used for a cactus collection.