Noem refuses to set up new programs with federal funding

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – The State of South Dakota got about $1.2 billion from the federal government to help deal with pandemic related costs.

Governor Kristi Noem says she refuses to set up new programs just to use those dollars.

Noem says they are carefully tracking pandemic related expenses.

Noem says local governments should keep good records on coronavirus related spending.

Noem says most of the money may eventually be used to replace lost revenue.

Congress has been reluctant to let states use the money for state programs not directly related to the pandemic.