STILL GROWING We welcome the news that North Dakota's general fund surplus is growing at an unexpected rate, with the official estimate that the state's surplus will be at $457 million when the budget cycle ends on June 30, 2015. Last May, state officials estimated the budget surplus to be $87 million. Needless to say, that means the proposed state budget for 2015-2017 will almost certainly be more than the $14 million budget created for the 2013-2015 biennium. The new estimate means there will be a lot of unexpected money flowing into the state's general fund. It will be up to state agencies and the members of the Legislature to use that money wisely in the upcoming years.