Committee receives update on CARES Act money

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – The State of South Dakota got about $1.2 billion from the federal government earlier this year to help offset costs from the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was still about $400 million of that remaining which has to be spent by the end of the year.

Liza Clark, Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management, was in front of the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations Monday to explain what has been spent so far.

Clark says the Department of Labor will get another chunk of the federal dollars.

Clark also says they are working through issues with the call center being used for grant applications and payments.

Clark told the committee that payments are being processed and that checks will start arriving in the next couple of weeks.