South Dakota Senate approves $600 million in clean water infrastructure
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate made a historic — perhaps unprecedented — investment of $600 million into clean water projects and earmarked another $150 million for workforce housing during a pivotal day Wednesday, Feb. 23.
With members dressed all in black to commemorate so-called "crossover day," when a bill must pass out of at least one of the chambers to stay alive in the session, the 35-member Senate voted in near-unanimity for clean water, workforce housing, and a $60,000 spend on a new state laboratory.
Before the vote on the clean water bill, Sen. John Wiik, R-Big Stone City, noted the eye-popping dollar figure — aided by the American Rescue Plant Act of 2021 — for the normally spartan Legislature.