Budget Toolkit

Current Session: 2016 Legislative Session (FY17)

Making sense of the state budget process can seem overwhelming at first. This toolkit is designed to make it easier to access and understand information about the budget process and fiscal policy options under consideration.

Start by reviewing some budget basics:

  2016 Legislative Session (FY17)  Budget timelines and calendars

Legislative Calendar  Each day the legislature is in session is assigned a number, Day One through Day 38  (January 12 through March 29, 2016)

Standing Committees Regularly scheduled meetings of standing committees for both the Senate and House are listed at this link.

Budget Hearings    This link will take you to the Budget Hearing Schedule (click TAB on left that is titled “BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE” to refresh latest version of the schedule)

Timeline                General description of budget formation timeline


 2016 Legislative Session (FY17) SD Budget & Policy Institute analysis

Every year the SD Budget & Policy Institute researches budget proposals and bills that impact the state’s final budget.  We will be updating this information as it is published, but the types of bills we have examined in recent years include:

Bills or budget proposals affecting taxes, sales tax expenditures or sales tax circuit breakers:

  • Governor identified nearly $1 billion ($989,613,013) in Tax Expenditure in the FY17 Budget Summary (p 18-22), up 35% from FY16 level of $735,154,085 (FY16 Budget Summary).

Bills or budget proposals affecting budget tools or budget process:

Bills or budget proposals affecting school funding formula:

Bills affecting the funding of Health Care Services:

Bills affecting state employee compensation:

New revenue projections adopted by legislature for (current) FY16 and FY17 budgets:

  •  See explanation of the South Dakota revenue estimation process.

2016 Legislative Session (FY17)

Key South Dakota government budget documents and websites

  1. Governor Daugaard’s 12-8-2015 Budget Address for Fiscal Year 2017
  2. Legislative Research Council website
  3. Fiscal Analysis and Agency Documents submitted to Joint Appropriations Committee.  Select department from tabs along top of Budget Book and then choose documents from tabs on right.

 How to get involved in the budget process

  1. Communicating with legislators—how to contact or get information to your legislators
  2. Communicating with legisaltors—how to make your case
  3. Testifying before a legislative committee—point to remember
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