Legislators know budget issues looming

SALEM, S.D. (WNAX) – South Dakota legislators are waiting on Governor Kristi Noem possibly calling a special session of the legislature to deal with potential budget problems.

Representative Kent Peterson of Salem says it is top of mind for most of them.

Noem has said a special session won’t be needed this month but could be held later this summer or early fall.

Peterson says it would be pointless to meet without a clear picture of tax revenues.

Peterson says they are hoping the Governor can get the rules relaxed on spending the $1.2 billion the state got from the federal government.

Peterson finished first in a three-way House primary in District 19 and doesn’t face a Democratic opponent in November.