Lawmakers weigh in on governor’s proposed budget

PIERRE, S.D. (DRG News) – Among the issues lawmakers will deal with when South Dakota’s 95th Legislative Session starts Tuesday is Gov. Kristi Noem’s FY2021 budget proposal which gives no funding increase for education or state employees.

District 24 senator Jeff Monroe (of Pierre) thinks those areas will see more money come their way.

Representative Tim Rounds (of Pierre) says the governor’s budget proposal is a place to start, not a final draft.

Representative Mary Duvall (of Pierre) says state revenue numbers the past few months have been higher than projected, which may make room for education, state employee and community support provider raises.