PIERRE, SD -
The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee has recommended a $4.1 billion state budget after wrangling over whether to give more money to schools and medical facilities that treat low-income people.
The Appropriations Committee rejected most of the 59 proposals to spend more money. The House and Senate planned to vote on the spending plan later Friday night.
The panel made few changes in Gov. Dennis Daugaard's recommended budget that gives roughly 3 percent ongoing increases to schools, universities, and hospitals and other facilities in the Medicaid program.
However, the Legislature is giving extra money on a one-time basis to school districts and Medicaid facilities.
The committee rejected a request by Rep. Susan Wismer of Britton to add $5.8 million to give schools an extra 1 percent in ongoing state aid.
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