county funding

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 […]

The Brown County Courthouse is located in Aberdeen and is connected to other county offices, such as the Auditor's Office and the Brown County Jail. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Booze tax should help pay county legal bills, state senator says

BY: - September 25, 2023

Liquor, beer and wine might offer relief to counties stuck paying for alcohol’s impact on public safety, if a recommendation from a public defense task force becomes law. Sen. Jim Mehlhaff, R-Pierre, would like to see the state dedicate its half of the $18 million collected in alcohol taxes to finance the creation and operation […]