State employees to receive two percent raise

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – With the start of the new budget year, South Dakota state employees will see a two percent raise in their first paycheck of the month.

Eric Olilla, Executive Director of the South Dakota State Employees Organization, says the details were worked out with legislators long before the pandemic hit.

Olilla says state government still has a number of open jobs.

Olilla says both Governor Kristi Noem and legislators have talked about bonuses for state workers.

Olilla says much will depend on sales tax collections through the rest of the year.