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.