South Dakota $423M surplus will be top issue at Legislature

The South Dakota Legislature’s nine-week session is slated to begin Tuesday with all eyes on what lawmakers might do with the state’s $423 million surplus.

Gov. Kristi Noem wants to use the money to cover repealing the state sales tax on groceries, a plan some of the state’s staunchest Republicans oppose. Lawmakers also could revive a $200 million plan to cover utility infrastructure for new housing developments.

Other priorities include updating the state prison system. Noem has called for building a new women’s prison in Rapid City and a new men’s prison in Sioux Falls.


January 10, 2023