I'm trying to do homework while listening to the Governor's budget request on South Dakota Public Radio. It's not working.
Among the budget details: As Governor Rounds declares that he is requesting nothing but the basics for next year's state budget, he asks the Legislature to move the $800,000 state subsidy for the South Dakota State Fair from special appropriations to the base budget.
Evidently we are to conclude that, in Governor Rounds's interpretation, subsidizing the State Fair is a basic, essential part of a bare-bones state budget. And if I recall my numbers properly, the number I just heard the Governor request represents a 6.7% increase from the $750,000 subsidy doled out to the State Fair by the 2008 Legislature.
Get out your meat cleavers: it's going to be an exciting session.
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