User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


34° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

SD Lawmakers Brace For Cuts To 'Real Programs'

January 17, 2011, 6:15 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SD Lawmakers Brace For Cuts To 'Real Programs'
SIOUX FALLS, SD - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is preparing to give his budget address to state lawmakers Wednesday. With a $75 million deficit legislators are bracing for a presentation full of cuts to state programs.

Former Governor Rounds proposed a five percent cut to education before he left office, and lawmakers are expecting to see even deeper cuts when Daugaard steps to the podium this week.

Governor Daugaard doesn't want to raise taxes and he doesn't want to use reserves to balance the budget so that means some tough cuts are coming for state-funded programs.

"I think it's going to be really tough realizing that these are real people, these are real jobs, these are real programs affecting real, everyday people, especially with the economy we've seen in the last two years," Republican Senator Deb Peters of Hartford said.

Peters is on the appropriations committee which will make decisions on the governor's proposed cuts. And, with a mutli-million dollar deficit she believes a lot of programs will be on the chopping block.

"I think we've seen a preview a couple of years ago when Governor Rounds proposed some of the cuts before the stimulus dollars came in. I think we're going to see some of those cuts come back," Peters said.

Daugaard is already said he's taking a 15 percent pay cut and the salaries of his cabinet members will be slashed by 10 percent. Some lawmakers fear programs such as education and health care could see those same numbers.

"If there are true cuts to the bureaucracy I think there will be broad support on the Democratic side. If the cuts are actually just shifts in responsibility to local school districts and health care providers back home then I think we'll have a lot of things to talk about," Democratic House Minority Leader Bernie Hunhoff of Yankton said.

But, when Governor Daugaard reveals his proposals Wednesday lawmakers know the programs affected won't go quietly. 

"I'm anticipating hearing from every level of government. I'm anticipating hearing from everybody," Peters said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES
Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

ISIS 'Kill List' Said To Include Target In Rapid City

3/24/2015 2:30 PM

CBS News confirms ISIS has a target in South Dakota.

Full Story
Family: Crow Creek BIA Superintendent Stabbed At His Office

3/25/2015 4:36 PM

An investigation is underway into the stabbing of the Crow Creek BIA Superintendent.

Full Story
Four Arrested On Drug Charges, Accused Of Making Hashish Oil

3/23/2015 1:32 PM

Four people are accused of making drugs just a block away from from the Clay County sheriff's office.

Full Story
Pot Wax: A New High Potent Drug

3/25/2015 6:00 PM

Police all over the country are warning people of a new potent marijuana drug called pot wax.

Full Story | Watch
Man Shoots Gun At Car After Intentional Crash

3/28/2015 9:36 PM

A man fired a gun at another car in Sioux Falls Saturday afternoon. The shooting comes after an alleged fight involving the same suspects.

Full Story


Events