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Daugaard set to outline teacher pay plan in State of State

PIERRE (AP) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to offer his plan to increase South Dakota's teacher pay in the State of the State address. The speech is scheduled for Tuesday, when lawmakers return to Pierre for the 2016 legislative session. A state ...

PIERRE (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to offer his plan to increase South Dakota's teacher pay in the State of the State address.

The speech is scheduled for Tuesday, when lawmakers return to Pierre for the 2016 legislative session.

A state task force on school funding said it would take at least $75 million to make South Dakota's teacher salaries competitive.

Daugaard last month pitched a roughly $4.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including more than $80 million in new spending.

The budget address also included a proposal to expand Medicaid, which is expected to be another key area of debate this year.

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The session's main run wraps up around the middle of March, but lawmakers will return for consideration of gubernatorial vetoes at the end of that month.

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