Leaders react to Governor’s budget

PIERRE, S.D. (WNAX) – Governor Dennis Daugaard outline another tight budget to South Dakota lawmakers yesterday. The budget, while showing an increase of $32 million from this year, will not have any increases for state employees, or state aid to education.

Senator Reynold Nesiba, Democrat from Sioux Falls, says the Governor didn’t show any vision, especially in education.

Nesiba says it may be time for a complete study of the state’s tax structure.

Representative Dave Anderson, Republican from Hudson, says there is some room for possible improvements in revenue.

The budget taps reserve funds to make up the shortfall this year.

Anderson says tapping resources like the court automation fund is not unusual.

The Governor proposes moving $17 million from various reserve funds to make up the current year shortfall.