Gov. Dennis Daugaard does not support law changes to abolish structural deficits or place annual limits on state government spending, he said Monday.
Last week, during his budget address to the Legislature in Pierre, the new governor proposed $127 million in cuts to eliminate the state’s structural deficit. A “structural” deficit exists when a budget is balanced with money from sources such as reserves, while ongoing expenses remain greater than ongoing revenue.
PIERRE — Gov. Dennis Daugaard will tour the state to discuss his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal.
Daugaard will begin his meetings today and they will continue through Wednesday. He will speak to the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce at 4 p.m. Monday. The invitation-only meeting will be held at the Highland Conference Center.
An ominous funding forecast came true for area school officials Wednesday when Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced a 10 percent cut in state aid.
The Associated School Boards of South Dakota sent a memo to districts on Jan. 7, warning them of a potential 10 percent cut in state aid in education from the Daugaard administration.
For small districts such as Sanborn Central that officials said have reduced their budgets as much as possible, it doesn’t leave much room.
In his first state budget address from Pierre on Wednesday, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed $60 million in cuts for state funding to K-12 education. The chop is among $127 million in statewide cuts outlined by the governor.
The roughly 10 percent cut delivered a “worst case” budget scenario for Mitchell schools, said Superintendent Joe Graves, and will amount to roughly $1.2 million in reduced funding for the Mitchell School District. In previous comments, Graves had remained hopeful the cuts would be no more than 5 percent. “We’re going to have to make reductions,” he said Wednesday.
PIERRE — Among legislators Wednesday, the talk began immediately about ways to bring state government’s budget back into balance, other than directly following the 10 percent-plus cuts proposed across the board by Gov. Dennis Daugaard in his speech to the Legislature.
“I would have made some deeper cuts, and leave education alone, and not affect programs that get federal matching money,” Rep. Frank Kloucek, D-Scotland, said.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Wednesday proposed a state budget that would cut spending by 10 percent in nearly every state agency next year.
Daugaard's budget plan includes $127 million in cuts to reduce spending of state general funds to about $1.1 billion in the budget year that starts July 1.
, January 19, 2011
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