The South Dakota Legislature is poised to approve a $1.319 billion general fund budget.
The budget includes 3 percent increases in the ongoing funding for K-12 education, Medicaid providers and state employee wages, as well as some one-time bonuses on top.
It also leaves $1.7 million unspent.
Most Republicans praised the budget as sensible and frugal, while Democrats said it was wrong to not give schools and medical providers more money after the 10 percent cuts of two years ago.
The Legislature’s two Appropriations Committees approved the budget around 6:15 p.m. on Friday after a marathon day of considering budget amendments. Staff will now check and formalize the budget before the two houses adopt it late Friday night.
Among the major changes made by the appropriators to the budget include $2 million to the state Future Fund to repay the cost of business incentives, $2 million to shore up an underfunded retirement system for the employees of the former state-owned cement plant, $1 million for university research grants and a $500,000 increase in the Legislature’s own budget.