2023 Budget Address

Gov. Kristi Noem presents her fiscal year 2025 budget address to the South Dakota Legislature on the House floor on Dec. 5, 2023. (Makenzie Huber, South Dakota Searchlight)

What’s not in Noem’s budget? Governor omitted some summer-study items sought by lawmakers

BY: - December 14, 2023

Legislators spent long hours last summer digging deep into specific issues deemed potential priorities for the 2024 legislative session, including long-term care, funding for county governments and legal representation for low-income defendants. During her budget address last week, Gov. Kristi Noem did propose a 4% increase in state reimbursement to health care providers, including nursing […]

South Dakota Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden holds up a gavel he broke before Gov. Kristi Noem's budget address on Dec. 5, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Samantha Laurey/Argus Leader)

Behind the humor, lieutenant governor’s second broken gavel has sentimental value

BY: - December 12, 2023

When legislators criticize Lt. Gov. Larry Rhoden for his heavy-handedness during South Dakota’s legislative session, they’re being literal: He raps the gavel so loudly that people jump from surprise. When Rhoden slammed the gavel down to bring the Legislature to order last Tuesday ahead of Gov. Kristi Noem’s budget address, the gavel snapped in half, […]

Futuristic circuit board on a dark blue background. (Getty Images illustration)

Budget proposal includes $6 million for quantum computing center

BY: - December 5, 2023

PIERRE — Several state universities would share $6 million in funding to collaborate on research into quantum computing, if a proposal from the governor is adopted by legislators. Gov. Kristi Noem proposed the funding Tuesday during her annual budget speech at the Capitol. “Quantum computing uses the physical properties of subatomic particles to hold a […]

Gov. Kristi Noem presents her fiscal year 2025 budget address to the South Dakota Legislature on Dec. 5, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Noem’s spending plan totals $7.28 billion, down slightly from current budget

BY: - December 5, 2023

PIERRE — Gov. Kristi Noem unveiled a $7.28 billion budget proposal during a speech Tuesday at the Capitol, which would be a 1.33% decrease from the current budget.  She said it’s time for state government to tighten its belt. “Last year, the Legislature spent tens of millions of dollars that wasn’t in my budget recommendation,” […]

Gov. Kristi Noem presents her fiscal year 2025 budget address to the South Dakota Legislature on Dec. 5, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Governor criticizes school districts for lagging teacher pay

BY: - December 5, 2023

PIERRE — The total increase in state funding for schools since Gov. Kristi Noem took office in 2019 will reach 26% if her new budget proposal is enacted, she said Tuesday during her annual budget address; meanwhile, statistics from the 2019 to 2023 fiscal years show average South Dakota teacher pay increased about 10%. That’s […]