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Governor delivers annual budget address

PIERRE, SD. (SDBA) — Gov. Kristi Noem delivered her budget proposal for the remainder of fiscal year 2024 and all of fiscal year 2025 this
afternoon (Tuesday).

Noem says the budget prioritizes people over programs. She spoke for about 30 minutes.

The Governor highlighted the successes of her administration, including  record surpluses and sales tax revenue, strong economic growth, and a
low unemployment rate.

She also discussed the challenges facing the state, such as increasing inflation and the need to invest in infrastructure.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes a 4% increase for education,  state employees, and healthcare providers.

It also includes funding for a new Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology, as well as investments in workforce development
and infrastructure.

The Governor concluded her speech by emphasizing the importance of putting people first.

She said that the job of government is to empower people to do things  for themselves, and that the people of South Dakota are strong and
hardworking.

Noem says her budget proposal is a fiscally responsible plan that will invest in South Dakota’s future. She says it will help ensure that the  state remains a place where people can live, work, and raise their families.

The legislature will consider Noem’s budget during the 2024 legislative session, which begins Jan. 9, 2024.

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