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SD Gov. Kristi Noem to give state budget address next week

January 17, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she will present her state budget proposal to the Legislature next week.

The Republican governor said Thursday that her first budget address will be held Jan. 23. Noem says the budget plan former Gov. Dennis Daugaard outlined in December was a starting point, but she’ll make changes based on her priorities.

In her State of the State address earlier in January, Noem discussed priorities including mental health, fighting the methamphetamine epidemic and connecting more people to high-speed internet. She says the budget address will follow the outline she gave in the State of the State.

The Legislature will reshape the current budget and approve the next one during the 2019 session.

Daugaard’s proposal for the 2020 budget year that starts July 1 envisioned roughly $53 million in spending hikes.

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