Lodging hike will cost nearly $450K a year on state employee trips
PIERRE — State government will pay higher rates for overnight lodging for its employees under a change that received final clearance Tuesday.
The $50 rate will be replaced Jan. 1 by a new system that pays $55 per night for check-ins September through May and $70 per night for check-ins June through August.
The state Board of Finance proposed the changes. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee gave its green light Tuesday.
The panel voted 4-0 in favor.
"I think this is good," Sen. Jim Bradford, D-Pine Ridge, said. "Sometimes the hotels can't host us because our rates are too low."
Bradford mentioned that a daughter works for a hotel chain in Rapid City. "I wish some of this would filter down to her," he said.
The state Bureau of Finance and Management estimates the additional cost will be $189,962 for the final six months of the 2015 fiscal year that ends June 30, 2015.
BFM said the full-year additional cost would be $448,991.