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Balanced-budget states don't get extra benefits
Gov. Mike Rounds said Friday the latest estimates from the Senate bill would mean an additional $28 million to $34 million for the state to use in next year's budget.
But the news was accompanied by the sometimes-strange logic from Washington. If lawmakers actually went ahead and balanced the budget with cuts, Rounds said the state wouldn't qualify for the extra money. Use reserve funds, however, and the state would qualify.
"I have no way to go to the federal government and certify we need the money, because we've proven that we don't, we can just make cuts," Rounds said.