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SD governor proposes modest boost in spending

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Dennis Daugaard says the Rushmore state is better off than other states, with ongoing revenue on the rise. Dennis Daugaard says the Rushmore state is better off than other states, with ongoing revenue on the rise.
PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) -

In his budget address to the state legislature, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard called for caution as the country continues to recover from the recession.

Dennis Daugaard says the Rushmore state is better off than other states, with ongoing revenue on the rise.

The Governor proposed a four point one billion dollar state budget.

That includes a three-percent increase to schools, hospitals, and state employees.

2013 will be the first year the state's seen an increase in video lotto since the smoking ban.

The Governor recommended spending one-time revenues on things that strengthen the state.

But, he says the budget is subject to changes based on the federal fiscal cliff.

"29 million dollars of federal funds will be cut off, dollars that you included and expected and put in the budget for the year we're in right now. Now there's been some discussion recently that the lame duck congress will act to advance sequestration from occurring," Dennis Daugaard, (R) South Dakota said.

The governor says he is leaving it up to the Legislature to decide how to spend 26-million dollars that he's left uncommitted.

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