Noem proposes 4% raise for educators, health care workers, state employees

(The Center Square) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s fiscal year 2025 budget includes a 4% raise for educators, health care workers and state employees and a plan to spend more than $130 million in federal COVID-relief dollars.

The governor also urged legislators to make a four-year tax cut approved last year permanent in her budget address on Tuesday. The tax cut rolled back the sales tax from 4.5% to 4.2%.

The $7.5 billion spending plan includes $2.4 billion in general funds, $3.5 billion in federal funds, and $1.7 billion in other funds, according to the Bureau of Finance and Management.