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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gave her budget address to a joint session of the state house and senate Tuesday at the capital.  The proposal the Governor laid out is not binding, but it is a way of letting lawmakers know her priorities heading into the new legislative session.


South Dakota is looking at a record surplus this coming fiscal year as the state has experienced better than expected tax revenues and currently has a large influx of federal money due to the COVId-19 pandemic.


Governor Noem talked about COVID-19 and defended what she called a unique approach to how to handle the virus…





Governor Noem commented on what she called the disappointing vote to legalize recreational and medical marijuana in South Dakota.  She says it will require new spending to get both programs off the ground…





Governor Noem also talked education and says she is proposing the state go above and beyond what is required by statute when it comes to funding…





Included in her proposal was a new animal barn on the State Fairgrounds in Huron, expanding the state’s radio infrastructure and upgrades to Ellsworth Air force Base among many others.