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Ina Fried Jul 31
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Doug Burgum, on the transition from software exec to governor

Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Until December, Doug Burgum was working in the software industry. But in January, the former Microsoft executive was sworn in as the 33rd governor of North Dakota. Burgum sat down with Axios at the recent National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island to talk about his first six months in office.

The takeaway: Burgum is trying to run North Dakota more like a business. But he faces plenty of challenges, from an aging IT infrastructure, to mandates from Washington DC and the difficulty of convincing lobbyists and state agencies that the goal should be better outcomes, not bigger budgets.