Governor Noem Plans Special Budget Address To Legislators

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Governor Kristi Noem told news reporters Thursday she plans to outline her new administration’s budget priorities next week.

She plans to make her recommendations in a speech Wednesday afternoon to the South Dakota Legislature.

The Republican governor took office January 5.

She said her budget plan will start from the numbers that outgoing Governor Dennis Daugaard recommended to lawmakers in December.

“I obviously will make some changes to that, based on priorities and some things I’ve discussed with you previously,” Noem said.

Asked for details, she said, “Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful. I think I will probably wait on real specifics.”

She highlighted broadband service, methamphetamine addiction and more services to people.

“There will be many more details in this budget address but expect it to follow the outline I gave you in my State of the State address,” Noem said.  

Democratic legislative leaders had told reporters a few hours earlier they didn’t yet know when the speech would be.

Eight years ago, Daugaard as a new governor made a special budget address in which he proposed 10 percent cuts in many areas.

Noem said Thursday she wants to see actual revenue numbers before deciding whether state government is receiving more sales tax from online companies that weren’t previously paying.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in South Dakota’s favor last year that a state government can collect sales taxes from businesses that sell goods and services to customers in the state without the businesses having a physical presence in the state.

South Dakota’s online sales-tax laws took effect in November for most businesses that do more than $100,000 of transactions in South Dakota or more than 200 transactions annually with people in South Dakota.

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