State Employees leader says last year’s raises offset by insurance costs

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – State employees in South Dakota are facing the prospect of no raise next year following the budget proposal laid out by Governor Kristi Noem.

Eric Olilla, (oh-LEE-la) Executive Director of the South Dakota State Employees Organization, says the raise employees got last year was soaked up by changes to their insurance plan.

Olilla says there is discussion of expanding family leave for state workers.

Olilla says there is hope in new estimates that show state revenues above earlier projections.

The final budget will be hammered out by legislators at the end of the session in March.