Local

Legislators React To Budget Speech

Photo: WNAX AM

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.

Recent Headlines

in National

U.S., Cuba to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years

alangross

The major policy shift will end decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island.

in Local

District 17 Senator-elect to Serve on Three Committees

state capitol pierre

Arthur Rusch anticipates large issues heading into the 2015 session on three committees.

in Local

Ag Groups Working on Property Tax Task Force

money farm

Property tax questions are centered around the actual use of ag land across South Dakota.

in Local

Gavins Point Dam Still Under Repair

Gavins Point Dam repairs 91114

Renovation on the dam's spillway gates continues.

in Local

Iowa Woman Fighting IRS Hears Positive News

money one hundred dollar bill

Carol Hinders has been fighting the IRS about money taken from her business in Spirit Lake.