South Dakota's House and Senate leadership claimed at the end of this year's Legislative session that the Legislature needs more funding to do its job. They added $500,000 to their own budget in the Legislature's last-minute rush to avoid public scrutiny and criticism of their willingness to spend twelve times more on boosting their own resources than they agreed to spend on increased resources for each teacher in South Dakota.

Rep. Kathy Tyler (D-4/Big Stone City) notes that the leadership increased its budget without any indication from the Legislative Research Council that they needed to:

Just about forgot.. the legislators will be receiving a bit of a raise next year. That and a surprise amendment that increased funding to the legislative department by $500,000 was passed. (You’re right; there was no committee discussion on this amendment. It was a hoghouse.) Traveling has been expanded and the legislative research council will add employees. This last bit of budgeting was a surprise since the LRC hadn’t mentioned any need of more money in their budget interview with the Appropriations committees. (All agencies have this interview during early in the session.) [Rep. Kathy Tyler, "So Where's the Money?" Kathy's Corner, 2013.03.17]

Perhaps Senator Russell Olson (R-8/Wentworth) or Speaker Brian Gosch (R-32/Rapid City) will explain that the LRC was simply too overworked and understaffed to testify to its own budget needs.