A special session of the state Legislature will be called in late June because estimates to build a State Veterans Home in Hot Springs exceeded initial expectations.
About $41.3 million, including a $23.6 million federal grant was appropriated for the project, but once the project was opened to bidding by contractors, the lowest bid came in at $51.3 million.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote in an email to legislators that he wants approval for additional funding so construction can begin this summer, rather than wait until next year.
Daugaard expects the extra funding to be available from the general fund, through a combination of excess tax revenues and reduced expenses for the fiscal year.