State legislators look ahead to next year’s budget

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota State Legislature returns from the President’s Day holiday Tuesday — with their eyes set firmly on finances.

With just under half of the 2020 session remaining, legislators are beginning to focus on next year’s budget.

They have agreed on a budget projection that is $19 million higher than Gov. Noem’s original projection last December.

However, lawmakers from the two parties have differing priorities.

Democrats want to fund pay increases for teachers, state employees, and care providers.

Republicans are focused on making sure the state balances its budget.

Categories: Politics & Elections, South Dakota News

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