Lawmakers getting new revenue estimates for state budget


PIERRE (AP) – Lawmakers will get estimates on Wednesday on just how much money they will have to craft the state budget.

Gov. Kristi Noem estimated in December that the state budget would be tight as the state recovered from weather disasters in the last year. But since then, revenue figures have come in higher than expected. Legislators have said they want to find room in the budget to give pay increases to teachers, state employees, and community service providers.

The state is losing about $20 million in tax revenue this year because it can no longer tax internet service.

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