Lawmakers to pass state budget as legislative session winds down

PIERRE, S.D. — As the legislative session winds down, the next task for lawmakers is to finish reshaping the current state budget, and approve the next one.

Lawmakers have until Wednesday to adjust the current budget and approve the one for the 2020 fiscal year.

In January, Gov. Noem proposed about $54 million in new, ongoing spending. It includes 2.5 percent increases for education, medicaid providers and state workers.

Noem has also proposed a one-time grant of $5 million dollars for nursing homes, and $5 million dollars for expanding rural broadband.

Additionally, she included $2.1 million for meth treatment programs and $1.4 million to create a media campaign addressing the meth crisis.

The 2020 fiscal year will begin in July.

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