EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
Unemployment Down to 3.2 %: The unemployment rate in North Dakota has declined from 4.7% to 3.2% since 1993. 43,800 New Jobs: 43,800 new jobs have been created in North Dakota since 1993 -- an average of 6,184 per year. 38,800 New Private Sector Jobs: Since 1993, 38,800 new private sector jobs have been created—an average of 5,478 jobs per year. 44,000 Have Received a Raise: Approximately 19,000 North Dakota workers benefited from an increase in the minimum wage—from $4.25 to $4.75 -- on October 1, 1996. They, along with about 25,000 others received an additional raise—from $4. 75 to $5.15 -- on September 1, 1997. Homeownership Has Increased in North Dakota: Homeownership in North Dakota has increased from 63.1% to 70.1% since 1993. A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the Balanced Budget delivers a child tax credit to 74,000 families in North Dakota. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in North Dakota this year. EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
- Over 2,000 Children in Head Start: 2,002 North Dakota children were enrolled in Head Start in 1999. In FY00, North Dakota will receive $11.4 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $5.7 million over 1993.
- More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for North Dakota's Schools: Thanks to the Class Size Reduction Initiative, North Dakota received $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new, well-prepared public school teachers and reduce class size in the early grades. President Clinton secured funding for a second installment of the plan, giving North Dakota an additional $6.1 million in 2000.
- $1.7 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY00], North Dakota receives $1.7 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. [Education Department, 12/3/99]
- $2.1 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY00], North Dakota receives $2.1 million for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century.
- $20.1 Million for Students Most in Need: North Dakota receives $20.1 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY00]. This includes over $343,000 in accountability grants, to help states and school districts turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable for results.
- $26.9 Million in Pell Grants: This year [FY00], North Dakota will receive $26.9 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting 13,363 North Dakota students.
- Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY00 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. North Dakota will receive $3.2 million in Work-Study funding in 2000 to help North Dakota students work their way through college.
- Over 160 Have Served in North Dakota through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 162 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in North Dakota's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 2/00]
- Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 14,000 students in North Dakota will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 16,000 students in North Dakota will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY2000 estimate]
- Expanded Job Training to North Dakota's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. North Dakota will receive $846,000 in 1999 to help 500 of North Dakota's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
MOVING NORTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
- Crime Falls 6% in North Dakota: Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record. Since 1992, serious crime in North Dakota has fallen 6%. In addition, property crime has also fallen 6% statewide. [1992 and 1997 Uniform Crime Reports]
- 209 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 209 new police officers to date in communities across North Dakota. [through 1/00]
- Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in North Dakota, the Clinton Administration has awarded Drug Court grants to the communities of Belcourt and Fort Totton. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes.
- Over $5.6 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, North Dakota has received over $5.6 million in federal funds since FY95 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. And in October 1999, Jamestown College was awarded $495,419 to help address sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking on campus. [through FY99]
- $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY99, North Dakota received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
- $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of North Dakota Schools: North Dakota receives $2.2 million in FY00 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
INVESTING IN NORTH DAKOTA'S HEALTH
- 10,547 Fewer People on Welfare: There are 10,547 fewer people on welfare in North Dakota now than there were at the beginning of 1993 -- a 56% decrease. [through 6/99]
- Child Support Collections Up 131%: Child support collections have increased by $20 million—or 131% -- in North Dakota since FY92. [through FY98]
- Encouraging Responsible Choices—Preventing Teen Pregnancy in North Dakota: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1991 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 15.4% in North Dakota.
- $4.6 Million for North Dakota Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, North Dakota received $2.8 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $1.4 million in funding), helping North Dakota welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, Native American tribes in North Dakota received $426,000 in Federal funding. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
- Helping People Get to Work: Through the Access to Jobs initiative, the Clinton-Gore Administration is working with communities across the country to design transportation solutions to help welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to and from work. Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fort Totten, and Fort Yates have received a total of $390,711 this year to fund innovative transit projects.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
- Health Care for Uninsured Children in North Dakota: In 1997, President Clinton passed the largest single investment in health care for children since 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits that children need to grow up strong and healthy. Two million children nationwide have health care coverage thanks to the President's plan, including 266 in North Dakota. [HHS, Health Care Financing Administration, FY99 SCHIP enrollment data]
- Helping Nearly 15,000 North Dakota Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY99, North Dakota received $10.9 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 14,937 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance. [through 8/99]
- More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines in 1996, 1997, and again in 1998 —surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In North Dakota in 1998, 94% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 89% received the vaccine for polio; 88% received the vaccine for measles, and 92% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis.
- Funding for HIV/AIDS Assistance Programs: In FY 2000, North Dakota will receive $100,000 in Ryan White Title II formula grants. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services. Also through the Ryan White Act, North Dakota will receive $83,474 for state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), which help those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. There has been a tenfold increase in ADAP funding in the last four years, up from $52 million in 1996 to $528 million in 2000. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 4/7/00]
- Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 40% in North Dakota: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 40% in North Dakota by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 7,100 of North Dakota's youth will be kept from smoking and 2,300 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99]
- 280,000 Americans in North Dakota Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if North Dakota enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 280,000 people in North Dakota cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 130,000 North Dakota women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
SPEARHEADING URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
- $7.7 Million in Safe Drinking Water Funding: This year [FY00], thanks to President Clinton, North Dakota will receive $7.7 million for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to provide low-interest loans to municipalities to build, improve, and prevent pollution of drinking water systems.
- Superfund Clean-up in Minot: The EPA has completed a Superfund toxic waste site clean-up in Minot, North Dakota. [through 3/1/00]
- Revitalizing Brownfields Project in North Dakota: As part of the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to clean up Brownfields, the EPA has awarded grants to North Dakota's Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa for environmental clean-up and economic revitalization. This project is intended to jump-start local clean-up efforts by providing funds to return unproductive, abandoned, contaminated urban properties to productive use.
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
- Revitalizing North Dakota's Communities: Helping to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for North Dakota residents, Fargo was designated a New Rural Empowerment Zone in 1999.
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
- $604.5 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, North Dakota has received $604.5 million in disaster relief. This includes $93.5 million for severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in 1999; $15 million for flooding in 1998; and $32.3 million in assistance to recover from the Midwest Floods of 1993. [FEMA, 2/29/00]
- $695 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, North Dakota has received $695 million in federal highway aid, including $111.9 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $200,000 for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 29,685 jobs. [through FY99]
- Over $67.6 Million in Aviation Funds: From FY93-FY99 North Dakota received over $67.6 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports.
- Nearly $21.8 Million in Transit Funds: North Dakota has received nearly $21.8 million in Federal Transit funds since 1993.
Last Updated April 2000