State Budget Adds More For Education

(WNAX) — South Dakota legislators went into overtime, working to complete the final budget early Wednesday morning in an attempt to avoid a major winter storm.  First up was Senate Bill 180, which fills out the 2019 budget.  Senator John Wiik of Big Stone City, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, says it takes care of some vital priorities…

“And as we came to this session in January we were talking and hearing only of nursing homes and many times…”What are you going to do about nursing homes?” And then special bills came up and they went and what are you going to do about nursing home Senate Bill 180 is our first step. Starting April 1st we will see increases of 10% and Medicaid funding for nursing homes six and a half percent funding increases for community support providers.”

Wiik says the bill also adds more state aid to education, and raises for state employees…

“We’re going to be expanding the support for K-12 education, two and a half percent increase for K-12 education. State employees two and a half percent increase, that’s all going up in 2020.”

That bill passed on a vote of twenty-six to three. It passed through the House on a vote of fifty-eight to one.