South Dakotans may be aware of the potential for millions in one-time dollars.
Groups of legislators have been meeting to discuss spending priorities throughout October and November. These ideas are a well-balanced cross-section of South Dakota needs.
This is not the comprehensive list, but here are a few of the items under discussion:
1. Broadband expansion:
a. Schools, businesses, residential
a. Veterans Cemetery road/infrastructure
b. BIG program – bridge grants
3. Economic Development and workforce development:
a. Workforce affordable housing
a. Funding that supports infrastructure and expansion for the potential arrival of the B21s
a. Railroad Board project support
b. In-state meat processing support
6. Health care:
a. LTC redesign / regional care delivery- infrastructure
b. Rapid City Crisis Care Center for mental health
c. West River Homeless Shelter – a new facility
These are some of the initial thoughts for the additional one-time funds, with more on the list for post-secondary institutions, paying down debt, and tourism to name a few. Now that the appropriations committees have been assigned, the list will be adjusted, tweaked, and reworked between joint appropriations and the second floor. The list above is a very strong start to utilize this funding to promote stability and growth in South Dakota for years to come.