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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.