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 […]

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 […]

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Gov. Kristi Noem delivers her annual budget address Dec. 6, 2023, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/SD Searchlight)

With budget, Noem plays Santa and the Grinch

BY: - December 9, 2022

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem played Santa Claus and the Grinch during her budget address Tuesday.  Listening closely were state legislators who know they must pay the bills once the thrill of new gifts has faded.  Particularly excited on Tuesday were Democrats, a small minority in the Legislature. Noem delivered their Christmas morning dreams come […]

Gov. Kristi Noem presents her fiscal year 2024 budget proposal to legislators on Dec. 6, 2022, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Noem pairs big cut with big spending in budget plan

BY: - December 6, 2022

PIERRE – Gov. Kristi Noem proposed South Dakota’s largest-ever state budget and biggest-ever tax cut Tuesday in her 2022 budget address, along with improved pay and benefits for state employees, money for new and improved prisons, free college tuition for National Guard soldiers, and numerous other proposals. Noem said the tax cut – a proposed […]