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Say Anything: Is Burgum’s Promise To Decline Or Return Governor’s Salary If Elected Legal?

In a campaign ad released yesterday NDGOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum is promising to decline his salary if elected governor. The thing is, that might not actually be legal, though nobody seems to know for sure. As far as accepting the sa...

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Doug Burgum, entrepreneur and candidate for North Dakota governor, is seen in this still frame from his new TV ad.

In a campaign ad  released yesterday  NDGOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Burgum is promising to decline his salary if elected governor.

The thing is, that might not actually be legal, though nobody seems to know for sure.

As far as accepting the salary, it seems clear that Burgum would have to. It’s essentially a separation of powers issue. Salaries for the state’s various public offices, up to and including the governor, are set by the Legislature. Thus, the governor cannot change the salary – in Burgum’s case reducing it to zero – without the approval of the Legislature.

Read the rest of the story at Say Anything Blog.

 

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