SD Lawmakers Work To Finish Next State Budget
by Associated Press
March 08, 2013 11:07 AM
The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee is working to finish work on the next state budget as this year's legislative session comes to an end.
The Appropriations Committee on Friday began going through a list of 58 changes proposed by lawmakers, but the panel rejected the first dozen proposals to spend more money.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended a $4.1 billion budget that gives roughly 3 percent ongoing increases to schools, universities, and hospitals and other medical facilities that care for low-income people in Medicaid.
Meanwhile, the Legislature is giving extra money on a one-time basis to school districts and Medicaid facilities.
The Appropriations Committee rejected a request by Rep. Susan Wismer of Britton to add $5.8 million to give schools an extra 1 percent in ongoing state aid.