SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he intends to continue using a cautious budgeting approach that has led to state surpluses in the last two years.
When the last fiscal year ended on June 30, the state had a $24.2 million surplus.
The Republican governor tells The Argus Leader his proposed mild increases in spending reduce the chance of a deficit.
But Democratic state lawmakers say Daugaard’s approach intentionally underestimates state revenues and increases the state’s reserves. They say that money should instead go to education and health care.
State budget director Jason Dilges says about $12 million of the surplus revenue should continue next year. He says that’s enough to give a 1 percent increase to schools, medical providers and state employees.
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