PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Dennis Daugaard (DOO'-gahrd) says a special session of the South Dakota Legislature might be needed if the automatic federal spending cuts that take place Friday have a long-term effect on state programs.
Daugaard says the federal spending cuts will have an impact on a number of state programs. But he says he expects President Barack Obama and Congress will take action to reverse or modify the cuts within a few months.
The Republican governor says state government can manage the cuts through the end of the current state budget year June 30th.
But he says if the federal cuts are prolonged and have significant impacts, the Legislature might need to be called into a special session to adjust next year's state budget.
Governor Daugaard says cuts could require special session
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
Los Angeles Times welcomes civil dialogue about our stories; you must register with the site to participate. We filter comments for language and adherence to our Terms of Service, but not for factual accuracy. By commenting, you agree to these legal terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.
Having technical problems? Check here for guidance.