SD Lawmakers OK Budget After Priority Dispute

Capitol (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has passed a $4.1 billion state budget after lawmakers wrangled over whether to give more money to schools and medical facilities that treat low-income people.
The House voted 48-7 late Friday night to accept a budget approved earlier in the day by the Legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee. The Senate then passed the measure on a 31-4 vote, bringing an end to the main run of this year’s legislative session.
The Appropriations Committee made few changes in Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s recommended budget that gives roughly 3 percent ongoing increases to K-12 schools, universities and the hospitals and other facilities in the Medicaid program.
However, the Legislature is giving extra money on a one-time basis to school districts and Medicaid facilities.

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