Bob Mercer reports from the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre for The Daily Republic and other newspapers around the state.
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PIERRE -- The state Railroad Board remained in a holding pattern Wednesday about restoring service on the Napa-Platte rail line in south-central South Dakota. The board renewed its short-term lease with the Napa-Platte regional railroad authority and the sublease for Dakota Southern to operate the state-owned track. Regular traffic hasn't moved on the line for some 30 years, however. Meanwhile new and old plans continue to swirl and stagnate and clash, without any progress. The latest friction is whether Dakota Southern is benefiting financially from federal tax credits that legally can be
PIERRE -- Its manager said Wednesday that much of the Dakota and Iowa Railroad's track is under water from heavy rains that flooded southeastern South Dakota in recent days. "We are out of service completely from Canton to Elk Point," Jack Parliament told the state Railroad Board.
PIERRE -- Their latest reports show South Dakota's trust funds for government retirees and jobless workers have regained their footing financially. Both the South Dakota Retirement System and the state unemployment insurance program hit rough spots during and after the 2008-2009 recession.
PIERRE -- A new Legislative Research Council director will make more than the governor, officials say. The new director for the South Dakota Legislative Research Council will start Aug. 5 and will be paid an annual salary of $125,000, the chairman of the Legislature's Executive Board said Monday. Jason Hancock currently is the deputy chief of staff for the Idaho Department of Education and previously was a budget and policy analyst for the Idaho Legislative Services Office. There weren't any South Dakota applicants among the finalists considered for the vacancy, according to Sen.
PIERRE -- The Legislature's Planning Committee began the latest look at South Dakota's school funding Monday. The work is scheduled to run for two years. The current formula has been in place since 1997. It was created in response to protests from property taxpayers that peaked during the mid-1990s. The main criticism has been the cap on annual increases.
PIERRE -- There is only one thing to be said if you voted in South Dakota's primary elections: Thank you.
PIERRE — The $1 increases in ticket prices passed last year will remain for the playoff rounds of high school football in South Dakota this fall. But this time, the...
PIERRE — Following complaints in recent months about the criteria and the methods for choosing locations for state competitions, the South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors took...
PIERRE -- The $1 increases in ticket prices passed last year will remain for the playoff rounds of high school football in South Dakota this fall. But this time, the revenue will be designated to directly help the high schools. The South Dakota High School Activities Association board of directors made the decision Wednesday. Student tickets will be $5 and adult tickets will be $7 for football playoff games except state championships.
PIERRE -- A Mitchell corporation was among grant recipients Tuesday from the state Board of Economic Development. The board made a $139,502 grant for staff funding to the Mitchell Area Development Corp., a $200,000 grant to the Glacial Lakes Area Development group's revolving loan fund at Britton and an $84,000 grant for staff funding to the Brookings Economic Development Corp. Two infrastructure grants won approval from the board.