The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a plan to give extra state money to South Dakota school districts, the four technical schools and some health care facilities that care for low-income people.
The Joint Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to pass the $4.3 billion state budget. The House and Senate plan to pass the spending measure later in the day before the main run of this year's legislative session ends.
The budget would give school districts an extra $2.2 million in state aid next year. The extra $16.72 per student would be used to give teachers a pay raise. Each teacher would get an average pay raise of about $230.
The extra money would be on top of the 3 percent in state aid recommended by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
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