South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is calling on the federal government to extend the deadline to spend the $900 million left unspent by the state of South Dakota from the initial passing of the CARES act to help relief the state of COVID-19 costs. According to the law passed by congress, states are required to spend the money on COVID-19 related costs by December 31st. Governor Noem is asking for more time so the state legislature can convene in January during its regularly scheduled session to help decide where the money should go. In all, the state was given $1.25 billion to offset COVID costs. So far $200 million has been allocated to cities and counties and $100 million has gone to support the state’s unemployment fun d.