PIERRE — The state House of Representatives gets the first crack this week at the governor's proposal to raise the sales tax by one-half cent to pay for larger salaries for teachers and to provide property tax relief. House Speaker Dean Wink, R-Howes, on Friday afternoon assigned the tax-increase legislation to the House Committee on Appropriations. The committee's chairman, Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, immediately scheduled the bill hearing for Monday afternoon (Feb. 8) at 3 p.m.
PIERRE – A key piece of what eventually could be a new Spearfish Canyon state park moved into place Thursday. The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission voted unanimously Thursday to accept 73 more acres including Spearfish Falls in the scenic northern Black Hills.
PIERRE – The state Game, Fish and Parks Department is turning to a Massachusetts consulting firm to analyze conditions for the private concession businesses that operate in public facilities at six South Dakota state parks and recreation areas. Five of the concessions are along the Missouri River.
PIERRE – A few people sent letters on opposite sides but no one personally testified Thursday at a public hearing on whether South Dakota should specially designate big-game hunting licenses to people who are terminally ill.
PIERRE—Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Monday he supports counting other funds received by school districts, such as traffic fines, wind turbine taxes, federal impact aid and bank taxes, as part of an effort by local governments to calculate state aid to public schools. Past attempts at making that change failed in the Legislature. He said it makes no sense to have a formula that attempts to equalize taxpayer support per student when some of the funds are outside the formula. "What's unfair is what's happening right now," he said.
PIERRE — Christmas week brings so many joys, especially for folks who love sweet treats, rich meats, aged cheeses, and hot drinks. The bakers and the cooks, the generations-old family recipes, the real butter. The unexpected delights, such as a true fruitcake, so packed with nuts and dates and preserved cherries and pineapple you have to lean hard on the butcher knife to cut a slice. The best fruitcake I've ever had — and no, this is not a joke—arrived at our house a few days ago.
PIERRE— A lawyer for Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a confidentiality agreement Thursday over the source of electricity for its pump station in Spink County. The company wants NorthWestern Energy to supply the power but needs permission from the state Public Utilities Commission. That's because the pump station is within the state-assigned territory for Northern Electric Cooperative. Dakota Access is seeking what's known as a service territory exception.
PIERRE – The complicated fight over using Firesteel Creek in Davison County for recreational boating and snowmobiling took another twist Monday. The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee decided fences across the creek’s entire length in the county must have gates so watercraft and snowmobiles can pass. The legislative panel found the state Water Management Board didn’t sufficiently consider opponents’ views at a public hearing Dec.
PIERRE — State Auditor General Marty Guindon said Monday he is using a special law for the first time as part of the financial probe into the GEAR UP program. The law authorizes the auditor general to "examine all financial records, related to funds provided by the state or its political subdivisions, of any charitable or nonprofit corporation if deemed necessary and in the public interest by the auditor-general." That means the audit can look at organizations that received GEAR UP funding from Mid Central Education Cooperative at Platte. That could be significant because two of the m
PIERRE—The state Game, Fish and Parks Department sees more winter wheat as a way to produce more pheasants in South Dakota. That's one of the new recommendations made by GF&P upland game biologists in their proposed update to the department's pheasant management plan. A recent study found winter wheat fields were as effective as idle grasslands for pheasant nesting areas. GF&P officials and other wildlife advocates increasingly expressed concerns in the past decade as farmers began growing crops on tens of thousands of acres that had been idled in the federal Conservation Reserve Prog