Republican Leaders Say Budget Priorities Have Not Changed As Legislative Session Nears End

(KCCR) — The 94th legislative session is down to single digit days as the 40-day session nears the end. Republican leaders met with reporters Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer says budget priorities have not changed…

“In the Senate we’re still really focused on and I think as well as the House some answers for nursing homes and our community support providers. Those are our number one priorities at this time, education obviously. You know, those are our top priorities…there’s several one-time monies that I think, there’ll be some back and forth between the House and Senate as far as what their priorities are but for the most part, the top priorities are definitely, still the same as they were at the beginning of the session.”
House Majority Leader Lee Qualm agrees with Langer but says they many take a different route to get there…

“Nursing homes are obviously the number one priority on both sides and you know how we go there, what we do there, that’s, you know, up for debate. And the one-time stuff, yeah, there’s some debate back and forth, that’s already going on and we’ll see where that all shakes out. There’s some different priorities on each side on that, so have to be some compromise as usual.”
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Jim Bolin says it will come down to the Appropriations Committee…

“The intense work of funding state government is being done by the Appropriators. I’m sure there’s going to be some compromise worked out and, um…but the priorities have remained the same. Just that part of the legislative process really doesn’t get a lot of exposure until pretty much the very end when everything else kind of disappears and it all comes down to the final budget for the State of South Dakota for the next year.”
Lawmakers have seven days remaining in the main run of the session with the final day, Veto day set for March 29th.