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SD Legislature works to pass state budget

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature's budget-writing committee has approved a plan to give South Dakota school districts an extra $2.2 million in state aid next year.

Members of the Joint Appropriations Committee say school districts would use the extra $16.72 per student to give teachers a pay raise. Each teacher would get a pay raise of about $230.

The extra money would be on top of the 3 percent increase in state aid recommended by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

The Appropriations Committee plans to finish work on the $4.3 billion state budget so the House and Senate can pass the spending measure by the end of the day.

Still pending are proposals to give more money to technical institutes and health care facilities that depend heavily on Medicaid to provide care to low-income people.




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