Dennis Daugaard

SD lawmakers give raises, push state constitutional changes

South Dakota lawmakers have left the Capitol after eking out raises for thousands of teachers, state workers and Medicaid providers in the roughly $4.7 billion state budget, funding hikes that seemed unattainable when the Legislature started work in January.

Friday's votes closed a legislative session tinged with lingering Republican frustration over ballot questions that voters approved in 2016. GOP lawmakers flexed their majorities in Pierre to mandate new rules for citizens' initiative campaigns and to ask voters in November to make the state constitution harder to change.

But not before voters will be asked to make tweaks to the constitution in a first-ever ballot...