PIERRE — Two legislators from different political parties and different parts of South Dakota have been digging into the intertwined issues of public school funding and teacher salaries. Rep. Lee Schoenbeck distributed a think piece that analyzes how we reached this point. One solution the Republican from Watertown offers is an additional 1 percent of state sales tax that coincides each year with the summer tourist season. Rep. Ray Ring prepared an analysis of South Dakota's tax revenues used for public schools and a comparison with neighboring states where pay is higher for teachers.
A story on Page A3 of Friday's edition of The Daily Republic incorrectly reported newly proposed Powerball odds. A proposed rule change for Powerball would alter the odds of winning from one in about 175 million to about one in 292 million.
PIERRE — Sales of Powerball lotto tickets sagged 18 percent in South Dakota during the past year. The reason: People won jackpots too often. The effect: Jackpot amounts never grew large enough to stir more people to buy more tickets. The South Dakota Lottery Commission agreed Thursday to try to change that. Commission members voted 7-0 to adopt rule changes that will make winning the Powerball jackpot more difficult. Come Oct. 4, assuming the Legislature's rules review committee agrees, the odds will become one in 375 million.
PIERRE—More time will be needed to complete the permit hearing that began this week for the Keystone XL oil pipeline proposed through South Dakota, state Public Utilities Commission chairman Chris Nelson said Thursday. Nelson told the various parties they should expect to work Saturday and could be working Wednesday through Friday of next week if needed. The hearing began Monday and was scheduled to conclude Aug. 4. "We're game to work nights.
PIERRE—Two South Dakota landowners along the proposed route for the new Keystone XL oil pipeline questioned the accuracy of the company's property tax estimates during the project's state permit hearing this week. John Harter, of Colome, and Paul Seamans, of Draper, pointed to the example of the original Keystone pipeline that runs down the James River Valley in South Dakota. Why, they asked, have property taxes for that first Keystone pipeline been less than half of the $9 million annually that TransCanada initially estimated? One of the state Public Utilities Commission members, Gar
PIERRE—The Daugaard administration considers a recent ruling by the South Dakota Supreme Court to be the new state law regarding worker's compensation for employees who hold multiple jobs, Lt. Gov.
PIERRE—The state panel that oversees emergency communications systems in South Dakota decided Monday to possibly withhold from a contractor a scheduled $259,000 monthly payment. Members of the South Dakota 911 Coordination Board agreed to send a letter notifying NextGen Communications Inc. and its parent company, TeleCommunication Systems Inc. of Annapolis, Md. Dissatisfaction with the progress of the new system, and some of its features, which have been tried in Rapid City this summer, led to the letter.
In an unusual step, the state Board of Education conducted a rules hearing by teleconference Monday and adopted an intermediate accreditation for teaching lower-level math courses in grades seven through 12. The change, which needs final clearance next from the Legislature's Rules Review Committee, could allow more instructors to qualify for teaching algebra I, geometry and algebra II courses. The potential effects are reducing staffing difficulties that some small school districts face and also providing more teachers for those courses in junior high schools. Two board members attended the
PIERRE—Since 1993, South Dakota has prohibited the use for research or transplantation of any unborn or newborn child or any organ or tissue from the child who has been subject to an induced abortion. But a South Dakota legislator wants a stronger ban. Rep.
PIERRE—The governor has a new look in mind for the landscape and vegetation at Hilger's Gulch near the Capitol. State officials outlined the three-phase plan Thursday to the Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission. The golf course-like area for walking and biking was established by the Janklow administration more than 30 years ago. Gov.