STAFF BLOG REPUBLIC INSIDER New county building: A good idea?
It was reported in today's Daily Republic that the Davison County Commission has appointed a task force to study the possibility of building a new county structure at the site of the soon-to-be-demoli... Posted on 11/25/09 at 4:35 AM
President Obama’s attempt to spin the latest discouraging unemployment numbers as “a step in the right direction” is like telling passengers aboard the Titanic to ignore the sinking vessel and listen to the live music.
The Obama administration’s bid to jump-start the economy — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “stimulus” — has been praised and vilified.
In South Dakota, as elsewhere, ARRA supporters or opponents largely stack up along party lines, but those lines blurred over the past two years as the funds helped to weatherize homes, get roads built, improve water systems, install dams, extend broadband access, pay teachers and accomplish other goals.
The Legislature will need to find at least $39 million in additional general revenue to balance state government’s 2012 budget that starts next July 1, if no cuts are made, no programs are added and no pay raises are given.
Another $37 million of deficit would remain to be addressed for the 2013 budget.
Weatherizing may be far from the minds of some South Dakotans who’ve been enjoying an unseasonably warm fall, but colder weather and higher heating bills could arrive at any moment.
The anxiety of that moment’s arrival is being eased somewhat this year by a much-enlarged pot of weatherization-assistance money from the government.
The clock is ticking on Davison County’s access to nearly $8 million in low-interest, federally backed bonds, the county commissioners learned Tuesday at the courthouse.
John Claggett told fellow commissioners during an informal conversation that the county is being asked by the state to use or lose nearly $8 million in bonding authority for economic-development projects. If the bonding authority goes unused, it would be returned to a state pool so it can be used to finance other projects in communities around the state.
Republican Gov. Mike Rounds had little difficulty accepting money from the federal government’s $787 billion economic stimulus package, despite belonging to a party that claims to be against big government spending.
State government’s budget situation is like a car headed over the edge of a Missouri River bluff, Gov. Mike Rounds told about 30 businesspeople Thursday morning at the Highland Conference Center in Mitchell.
Trail King Industries laid off another 32 workers recently in Mitchell, according to a company official.
The new round of layoffs raised the total number of publicly announced layoffs at the local plant to 149 since December.
PIERRE — The federal stimulus program has created or saved the equivalent of 1,407 full-time jobs so far in South Dakota, with many of them going to construction workers, teachers and young people seeking summer jobs, according to state government’s first report for the recovery package.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has turned in its first quarterly report on stimulus spending, and it shows state government has spent $219 million of the estimated $632 million in federal stimulus funds allocated to state agencies.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is among three U.S. House Democrats who have signed onto a bill to take the Troubled Asset Relief Program out of the Treasury Department.
The decades old debate of the state’s drinking age has resurfaced.
Rep. Tim Rounds, R-Pierre, said lowering the drinking age from 21 would make the roads safer and encourage young people to drink more responsibly.
We don’t agree.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas don’t appear to be getting a fair shake in the spending of $787 billion in stimulus funds, the chairman of the House oversight committee said Wednesday.
STEPHAN — The announcement of Indian Country stimulus money has Crow Creek School officials already planning the construction of a new school.
Some $102 million in federal funding will be distributed throughout South Dakota’s Indian Country through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, although it’s still uncertain how much, exactly, will be available for the Crow Creek school project.
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