BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The next two-year budget for North Dakota's Department of Human Services has broken a billion-dollar barrier.
The state House and Senate have approved a Human Services budget that calls for state general fund spending of just under $1.2 billion _ a record state agency budget.
Human Services is the largest state agency, with more than 2,100 employees. Total spending for the department including federal money is estimated at just under $3 billion over the next two years.
The Human Services budget bill now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.