South Dakota Legislature March 6 passed a key part of Gov. Mike
Rounds’ plan to balance the state budget.
state Senate voted 34 to 0 to approve a bill that would let the
state reclaim $15 million in environmental cleanup money that was
diverted last year to the state highway construction fund.
environmental money is no longer needed for road construction, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.
would make that $15 million available for general spending to help
balance the state’s 2004 budget.
Rounds took office in January, he faced a budget shortfall of about
$50 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, according to
governor’s balanced-budget proposal sought to raise taxes on tobacco,
alcohol and some telephone calls, make some accounting changes and
reclaim the $15 million from the highway fund.
proposals and other bills pending in the House and Senate reportedly
would come close to balancing the budget.
bill now heads to the governor’s desk for approval.