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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
      http://www.state.sd.us/governor/

       

       

      Jason Dilges, Commissioner
      Bureau of Finance and Management
      500 East Capitol Avenue
      Pierre, South Dakota 57501
      Phone (605) 773-3411
      Fax (605) 773-4711
      www.state.sd.us/bfm
      bfminfo@state.sd.us

       

      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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    • 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.

       

    • HEADLINES

      Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up

      New York Times | by Erica Goode | March 11, 2014

      In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population.

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    • HEADLINES

      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.

    • HEADLINES

      Common-Core Tensions Cause Union Heartburn

      Education Week | by Andrew Ujifusa and Stephen Sawchuk | February 20, 2014

      From the early days of the Common Core State Standards, the two national teachers' unions have been among the initiative's biggest boosters, helping to make the case to the nation's 3.5 million teachers for the tougher expectations and putting significant money into the development of aligned curricula and tools.

      But in some union quarters, that support is starting to waver—the product of flawed implementation in states, concerns about the fast timeline for new testing tied to the standards, and, in at least one instance, fallout from internal state-union politics.

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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.