South Dakota lawmakers pass $4.7B state budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature approved a roughly $4.7 billion state budget that includes higher-than expected funding for education, Medicaid providers and state employees for the upcoming budget year.

The Senate voted 32-3 Friday to pass the budget as the main part of the 2018 legislative session came to a close. Earlier, the House voted for the bill that sets state spending for the 2019 budget year.

The Legislature benefited from state tax collections projected to climb higher than Gov. Dennis Daugaard anticipated when he proposed his budget in December. The budget includes roughly $1.63 billion in general state spending, about $18 million above the governor's proposal.

The approved budget includes funding increases of 1 percent for education, 1.2 percent for state employees and 2 percent for community-based providers and 0.5 percent for other providers.