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    • Budget timeline: Annual  

      Fiscal Year starts: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here.

      Find the legislative session calendar here.

      Find the current legislative leaders here.


      SD Gov. Daugaard

      Gov. Dennis Daugaard
      Office of Governor Dennis Daugaard
      500 East Capitol Avenue
      Pierre, SD 57501
      Phone: (605) 773-3212
      Fax: (605) 773-5844



      Jason Dilges, Commissioner
      Bureau of Finance and Management
      500 East Capitol Avenue
      Pierre, South Dakota 57501
      Phone (605) 773-3411
      Fax (605) 773-4711


      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities.


      South Dakota is required to pass a "balanced budget." Section 4-7-10 of the State law requires the budget report to include ways expenditures are supported by revenues. Section 4-8-23 requires the governor to keep expenditures in proportion to revenues throughout the fiscal year, so as not to result in state debt. South Dakota law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next. It is difficult to determine if this law is followed, because the State does not budget revenues.


      The State maintains several individual governmental funds, of which the major ones are: the General Fund, Transportation Fund, Social Services Federal Fund, Dakota Cement Trust Fund, and Education Enhancement Trust Fund. The budget is prepared principally on a cash basis. Three of the major funds are budgeted: the General Fund, the Transportation Fund, and the Social Services Federal Fund.  [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]


      Find the state's bond ratings here.


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    • Medicaid :


      E-Cigarettes Poised to Save Medicaid Billions

      State Budget Solutions | by J. Scott Moody | March 31, 2015

      Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have only been around since 2006, yet their potential to dramatically reduce the damaging health impacts of traditional cigarettes has garnered significant attention and credibility. 

    • HEADLINES: South Dakota

      SD Legislature passes $4.3 billion state budget

      Associated Press | March 17, 2014

      The South Dakota Legislature passed a $4.3 billion spending plan Friday that gives extra state money to teachers, the state’s four technical institutes and some nursing homes and other health care facilities that serve low-income people.


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    • K-12 Education :


      Common Core Costs: Examining California's Five Largest School Districts

      State Budget Solutions | by Hannah Oh | September 16, 2014

      There seems to be an endless amount of controversy surrounding the Common Core. Vocal supporters and critics are not hard to find. This report suggests that there is another point of contention to consider: the costs of the technology upgrades required to implement Common Core.


      Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses

      Stateline | by Elaine S. Povich | April 22, 2014

      According to NASBO, Kentucky and many other states have put the emphasis on restoring funding to education this year. A still incomplete survey of states showed that the vast majority are increasing elementary and secondary education funding, along with transportation and infrastructure.

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.