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PIERRE — Top members of the Daugaard administration refused Thursday to provide detailed information about a vague item on the agenda for next week’s meeting of the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.
PIERRE — Dusty Johnson, Mitchell resident and chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is one of 48 state leaders from across the nation selected for the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program sponsored by The Council of State Governments.
There’s the Main Street side of the party, pro-business, pro-growth and pro-government. Then there are the tea party Republicans, the folks who believe the other Republicans are in league with the devil and Democrats, and aren’t sure which is worse.
South Dakota officials are cutting regulations and working to create jobs, he said, while Congress and President Obama are passing laws that are hundreds of pages thick and halting progress on hiring people in private-sector jobs, such as the Keystone XL pipeline.
Somebody at the top finally gets it.
That somebody is Mitchell’s very own Dusty Johnson, the chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Speaking Thursday about a directive the Daugaard administration often gives to bureaucrats, he said this:
“It’s your job to provide the information, not to find ways to hide it.”
PIERRE — The Republican governor’s chief of staff and a Democratic leader in the Legislature agree that public bodies should be allowed to keep minutes during closed-door meetings, but some Republican legislative leaders oppose the idea.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard does not support law changes to abolish structural deficits or place annual limits on state government spending, he said Monday.
Last week, during his budget address to the Legislature in Pierre, the new governor proposed $127 million in cuts to eliminate the state’s structural deficit. A “structural” deficit exists when a budget is balanced with money from sources such as reserves, while ongoing expenses remain greater than ongoing revenue.
Chris Paustian almost didn’t go to the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce and Mitchell Area Development Corporation’s annual awards and recognition banquet Friday night.
But his wife, Sandi, talked him into it and, after receiving the Community Service Award, he was glad she did.
PIERRE — When Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard needed to find a successor to Dusty Johnson on the state Public Utilities Commission, so that Johnson could become chief of staff in his new administration, Secretary of State Chris Nelson turned out to be the right man in the right place.
PIERRE -- In selecting Secretary of State Chris Nelson to replace Dusty Johnson on the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission, Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard chose a twice-elected public official with proven management and decision skills.
Dusty Johnson said he has chosen to take his career in public service in another direction by accepting the post as chief of staff for Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard.
“This move is a very clear indication that my political aspirations are going to take a back seat,” Johnson said in a telephone interview Monday with The Daily Republic.
“Chief of staff is generally not a springboard to any kind of political position,” he said. “A good chief of staff makes sure the governor gets the glory.”
PIERRE – South Dakota’s next governor announced the nucleus of his new administration Monday morning.
Rather than route most decisions through a chief of staff as Gov. Mike Rounds has done the past eight years, Gov.-elect Dennis Daugaard said he will have six people in his senior management team.
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