The 93rd Legislature Approves Budget And Adjourns

Mar 9, 2018
Melissa Hamersma Sievers / SDPB


The state legislature is adjusting the current fiscal year and setting next year’s budget.

It’s the final bill lawmakers pass before adjourning for the year.

Lawmakers are giving increases to education, state employees and community providers.

Lawmakers say extra money in consumer pockets because of recent federal tax cuts is what’s behind optimistic budget revisions for the rest of fiscal year 2018 and increases the following year.


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Rounds for Senate

United States Senator Mike Rounds says he expects Congress will avoid a government shutdown. The current federal funding bill runs out Friday night. Rounds says lawmakers agree on a measure to extend the continuing resolution one week. He says that time allows Congress time to finalize federal government funding through September.

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South Dakota schools are getting a minimal budget increase to cover inflation. State law requires lawmakers provide schools the money, but in tight budget years – like this one – they override that mandate. Education funding plans changed throughout the session.

One month ago, State Senators approved a bill that offers K-12 education a one percent increase. With a week left in the session, State Representatives decided they could offer no increase – not even one to cover inflation.

On the final day, Republican State Senator Deb Peters says lawmakers found a compromise.


South Dakota lawmakers have finalized the state’s budget that starts on July 1, 2017 (Fiscal Year 18). State Senators and Representatives approve of a measure they call the general bill. It lists numbers for all revenues and all budgets in balance.

State Representative David Anderson is chair of House Appropriations.

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With a week left in the legislative session, lawmakers are close to piecing together the state budget puzzle.

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United States Senator Mike Rounds says he believes Congress can reach an agreement on increasing the debt ceiling by its deadline. He says men and women in the Senate acknowledge they have to raise the amount of money the federal government can borrow. 

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