Legislature passes budget with 4% increase for “big three” and another year of a tuition freeze

With little dissent, the South Dakota Legislature passed a $7.3 billion Fiscal Year 2025 budget.

HB1259 passed 32-2 in the Senate and 69-1 in the House.

Co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, Republican Representative Mike Derby of Rapid City, says this budget includes the Governor’s recommended four-percent increase for K-12 education, health care providers, and state employee pay.

Derby says it also includes a tuition freeze for state university and technical college students.

He says the state is again sending 10% of the budget to the reserve fund.

Legislators return to Pierre Monday, March 25th for veto day.


March 8, 2024