(SD)-SD Legislature Passes Budget, Goes Home
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The main run of the 2017 South Dakota Legislature is over, although lawmakers will return in a little over 2 weeks on the 27th to consider any vetoes issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard.
The primary mission of the session, the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year, was one of the last items completed.
The Senate approved a roughly $4.55 billion dollar spending package 33-2, then the House sent it on to the governor on a 63-4 vote.
Lawmakers have been dealing with lower-than-anticipated state tax collections and adopted state revenue targets significantly lower than those Daugaard used for his December budget address.
The budget includes roughly $1.59 billion in general state spending, nearly $30 million less than the governor's proposal.
Senator Larry Tidemann says the budget will serve the state's citizens well in the coming year and positions South Dakota for future growth.
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