South Dakota lawmakers work to pass new state budget
The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee is working to put the finishing touches on next year's state budget.
The Joint Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved some changes requested by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in his proposed $4.1 billion budget. One change adds $650,000 to hire more people for a new program that will treat more people convicted of crimes outside prison walls.
But the panel delayed consideration of many proposed budget changes until lawmakers finish working on other bills that spend money.
The Appropriations Committee plans to finish the budget Friday so the House and Senate can pass the spending plan later in the day, the final day of the main run of this year's legislative session.
The Legislature returns March 25 to consider vetoes issued by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
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