State Budget Panel Tapped Reserves To Meet Current South Dakota Needs


State government’s budget reserve fund came in handy Tuesday as South Dakota lawmakers needed some one-time sources of cash for the current spending year.

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations approved transferring $6.6 million from the rainy-day account to the state’s general fund.

The money will be used before the 2019 budget year ends June 30.

SB 181 received the Senate’s support 28-2 and representatives agreed 59-0.

Lawmakers meanwhile earmarked the extra funding plus additional revenue they expect to help pay for a long list of revisions that another measure makes in the current 2019 budget.

Among those 10 pages of adjustments in SB 180 were appropriations from the general fund to pay:

$5 million to the rural broadband fund for expanding rural broadband as part of a public-private matching program;

More than $4.6 million to the radio communication fund for upgrading emergency and communication infrastructure;

$200,000 to the teen court fund;

Adjusting daily expenses for state Board of Pardons and Paroles members to $200 apiece from the more-common $75; and

Many other changes for different departments. The bill also shifted amounts for federal and other funding.

Lawmakers approved the adjustments package 26-3 in the Senate and 58-1 in the House.

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