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Legislators React To Budget Speech

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered his budget proposal to the legislature in Pierre.

Daugaard proposed 3 percent increases for state aid to public schools, Medicaid services providers and most state government employees. That is nearly double the inflation-rate minimum of 1.6 percent that was under consideration.

He also asked for $5 million to freeze tuition for South Dakota students who attend state universities on campus and who attend public technical institutes.

Making the extra spending possible is $136 million of one-time funding from a variety of sources.

About half of the one-time money would pay off or avoid new debt, making money available from the state’s regular tax stream for purposes other than paying principal and interest on bonds.

 

House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton says the Governor made some good proposals…

 

Hunhoff said it’s a good start on budget discussions…

 

Republican Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton said the extra money makes all the difference this year…

 

Stevens says this is the beginning of the budget debate…

 

Legislators return to Pierre for the start of the 2014 session on January 14th.

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