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Legislators to decide how to spend budget surplus this week

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The 2013 South Dakota Legislative session is almost complete.  But before the lawmakers head back home for good they must adopt a finalized budget.

Lawmakers will determine budget estimates Monday, but they expect to announce that this year's budget includes a $16 million surplus.

Even though that is just a small fraction of the total $1.3 billion budget, legislators believe the extra money will do some good.

Representative Dan Dryden (R-Rapid City) of says a few areas will benefit the most from the surplus.

"We're trying to develop an economic development plan.  We're looking at education and that would involve the K-12 public schools, as well as the four technical institutes and then the Board of Regents," said Dryden.

Dryden says lawmakers also plan on dedicating some of the surplus to Medicaid.

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