In his end of the legislative wrap up, State Senator Art Rusch of Vermillion discussed COVID-19 dollars and how they were to be used.

Examples include:

• $3.2 million for a Liberty Wellness Center in Box Elder to help the planned expansion of Ellsworth AFB to accommodate the new B-21 bomber;

• $7.5 million for a new dairy research and extension farm at SDSU;

• $20 million for a new bioproducts facility in the research park at Brookings;

• $19 million for a Mineral Industries Building at the School of Mines;

• $12 million for a new livestock complex on the State Fair Grounds in Huron;

• $3 million to begin the cleanup of the Big Sioux River;

• $20 million to help rehabilitate the rail line west from Pierre to the Black Hills;

• $21.6 million to pay off bonds for the Technical Colleges;

• $9 million for dam maintenance (mostly but not entirely on lands owned by School and Public Lands);

• $75 million for broadbrand grants to encourage the expansion of high-speed internet throughout the state;

• $50 million for the South Dakota Health Care Trust Fund;

• $5 million for a new state airplane;

• $1.5 million for a new on-line teacher certification system;

• $500,000 for a new visitor’s center at Custer State Park;

• $910,000 to buy land adjacent to the women’s prison in Pierre for work areas for the prisoners and possible expansion;

• $100,000 to help with the commissioning of the new Navy ship, the USS Pierre; and

• $4.1 million to implement the medical and recreational marijuana laws passed by the voters at last fall’s election.