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State legislators react to Governor Daugaard's 2014-2015 budget address

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Governor Daugaard presented his budget address to propose how South Dakota should spend it's money.

He expected the budget to be off to a rocky start until an unexpected windfall of nearly $70 million in unclaimed property fell into the state's hands on November 1st.

KSFY News was in Pierre today for the governor's speech and spoke with legislators for their reaction.

The governor proposes some new found money could free up spending in the state, but some say, it's still not enough.

And Daugaard's budget proposes using a nearly $70 million windfall to help fund a three percent increase in spending for K-12 schools and technical institutes, as well as a three percent cost of living raise for state workers but a cut in dollars for medicaid.

House Democratic majority leader Bernie Hunhoff said "we are just awash in money out here, and of course many of us have been saying that all along, that there's no need to create a crisis in school funding and push school funding costs onto property tax payers when you have this much money in state government, so I think the governor finally recognized that."

House Republican majority leader David Lust said "well, I think the governor's taken a very cautious and appropriate response to really what is the game changer, the unclaimed property dollars. He's proposing we take those one time dollars and invest them in existing liabilities to essentially free up on-going spending."

Democratic state representative Paula Hawks said "our revenues continue to grow every year and still we can't find the way to bring education back to where it was even at that time, much less get ahead to where we should be now, so a small victory but a little frustrated."

Democratic state representative Karen Soli said "I appreciate his creativity and how he has laid out doing some one time things and freeing money in the general budget. I think that was masterful but especially disappointed in the medicaid issue."

Republican state senator Shantel Krebs said "we'll definitely, probably make adjustments to it, that's what we're supposed to do as a legislative body, is look at those tax payer dollars and where that money's coming in and say what are our greatest needs out there."

And while some may not be happy, the governor says he presented 'a plan' and not necessarily 'the plan.'

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