As North Dakota Legacy Fund tops $6 billion, ideas pour in for spending the wealth

FARGO — The North Dakota Legacy Fund’s $6.36 billion balance has inspired a fountain of ideas from advocates pleading for investments in school buildings, universal school lunch, health care and destination tourism sites to name but a few.

The ideas were presented Tuesday, Nov. 12, before a packed meeting of the North Dakota Legislature’s Legacy Fund Earnings Committee, which gathered here to take testimony on how the fund should be used.

Landis Larson, president of the North Dakota AFL-CIO federation of labor unions, urged legislators to use the fund to rebuild roads and bridges across the state and increase investments in classrooms, counseling, affordable housing, child care and health care.