Legislators still hope for Roosevelt center

BISMARCK–Southwestern North Dakota legislators told me this morning that they still have hope for funding for a Theodore Roosevelt resource center in Dickinson.

Yesterday, the conference committee negotiating the state’s higher education budget declined to add funding for the project in that budget.

However, Rep. Vicky Steiner, R-Dickinson, said she’s hopeful money can still be added somewhere before the session ends.

“I’m still working on it. I’m going to work on it til they hit the gavel and the session’s done,” she said.

DSU President Dr. Richard McCallum has described the center as a comprehensive, virtual presidential library.

Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Dickinson, also has hope funding will still be granted in the final days of the session.

“It’s not done til it’s done,” she said.

3 thoughts on “Legislators still hope for Roosevelt center

  1. If the resource center is so wonderful, and I believe that it is, why not ask individuals to donate funds, or have the funds raised by the alumnae and instructors, or ask them to bequeath money for the Center? Why sit and wait for the legislators or more pointedly, why put it on the backs of the taxpayers?

  2. For all the crazy stuff individual legislators get funded that benefits only a few local people, they should certainly fund this project which will become a world class Presidential Library of Theodore Roosevelt’s papers. If the money doesn’t go for this it will go into something with little or no statewide value.

  3. Or the legislature could continue to reduce government expenditures. I would think that there would be many alum who would be honored to put their name and money on the funding for the center. It would be more personal than a lump sum from the government.

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