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2018-03-08 / Voices

We’ve Reached the Home Stretch!


We’ve finally reached the home stretch! I think everyone will be glad this session is behind us.

This coming week the focus will be on the General Bill. The Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2019 is $4,655,323,547.

Following is the breakdown:

$1,615,672,243 is General Funds

$1,681,171,355 in Federal funds

$1,358,479,949 Other Funds.

In 2015 the actual budget was $3,851,634,982 and in 2018 its $4,600,525,575 increase in General, Federal and Other Funds of $748,890,593. General Funds saw an increase of $253,630,496 and Other Funds saw and increase of $202,990,054.

Some of the increases reflect SB 1 (Roads & Bridge Fund) estimated at the time increasing revenue $202 million and the more recent ½ cent sales tax increase. I think the actuals came in below the estimated increase of $110 million.

Also, interesting to note is the increase of FTE’s from 2015-2019. In 2015 the state had 13,259.3 employees and FY 2019 shows FTE’S at 13,905.9 an increase of 646.3 in four years.

Most of the budget has been dealt with, but on Monday the Appropriations will continue with the DOE and DSS budgets.

If you’re familiar with the story of “Chicken Little” you can about imagine all the acorns falling in Pierre.

As always, you can contact me at the House Chamber number 773-3851. Leave a phone number and I’ll call you back. The fax number is 773-6806. If you send a fax, address it to Rep. Elizabeth May. You can also email me at Elizabeth.May@ during session. You can keep track of bills and committee meetings at this link: You can also use this link to find the legislators, see what committees they are on, read all the bills and track the status of each bill, listen to committee hearings, and contact legislators.

Following is the link to the motion: Session/ Committees/Default.aspx?Committee=396&Session=2018&tab=Minutes&document= 2232018130PM

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