- Predicted shortfall in South Dakota's FY 2009 budget: $58.7 million
- Predicted shortfall in South Dakota's FY 2010 budget: $83.8 million
- Total two-year shortfall: $142.5 million.
- State budget aid for South Dakota included in stimulus bill passed by the House yesterday: $167.9 million.
Did our state budget crisis just go poof?
Not a bad haul for a state whose governor skipped the Inauguration. And Governor Rounds was telling us we shouldn't expect the federal government to bail out the state.