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Sequestration causes budget burdens in South Dakota

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SD Senator Dan Lederman and State Representative Jim Bolin talk to constituents about key issues in the legislature. SD Senator Dan Lederman and State Representative Jim Bolin talk to constituents about key issues in the legislature.

South Dakota State Senator Dan Lederman and Representative Jim Bolin met with constituents Saturday to discuss bills going before the South Dakota House and Senate.

Both support a new bill that would allow specially trained staffers armed in schools.

The measure leaves the decision to participate up to individual school districts.

The federal government's plans for sequestration is also weighing on leaders.

They say the drastic cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st, are making it difficult to make balance the budget.

"There will be pain that will be experienced because funding levels will be reduced very likely on March 1st for a number of programs that people have become used to," South Dakota State Representative Jim Bolin said.

The cuts could reduce heating assistance low income families and other social welfare programs, as well as military spending, and education.  Senator Lederman says a special session to deal with the cuts is likely.

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