PIERRE — South Dakota Department of Agriculture officials want authority to loan money directly from state government to small or beginning farmers. The definition of a small or beginning farmer also would be expanded to be a person who has minimal net worth, is under the age of 40 or has been farming less than five years. Currently the department must use a local lender such as a bank or a credit union.
PIERRE — Seven of the first eight men to serve as speaker for the state House of Representatives wore moustaches for their official portraits. As did 10 of the first 11 elected lieutenant governor.
PIERRE – The South Dakota Board of Regents formally approved Paul Beran on Friday as executive director and chief executive officer for the state’s public universities and special schools. Beran, 63, currently is chancellor at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Regents President Kevin Schieffer said Beran would start about Sept. 4.
PIERRE — Enrollments dropped sharply for all three public university centers in South Dakota during recent years, officials told a panel of state lawmakers Tuesday. Documents showed headcounts plummeted from 2013 to 2018. Capital University Center in Pierre fell from 170 to 70; Black Hills State University Center-Rapid City from 2,041 to 1,378; and University Center-Sioux Falls from 2,802 to 1,526. The South Dakota Board of Regents, whose members govern state universities, recently gave responsibility for CUC to its Pierre-based foundation.
PIERRE – Gov. Dennis Daugaard might call the Legislature into special session clarifying the power of state and local governments in South Dakota to tax remote sales of goods and services, his chief of staff said Wednesday morning. “Yes, that is a possibility,” Tony Venhuizen said. The special session would be in the wake of the U.S.
PIERRE — Eyebrows arched Tuesday as a panel of state legislators learned details about the severance package Wayne Carney received when he retired last year as executive director for the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The total value exceeded $128,000 and is to be paid over three years, according to testimony from Dan Swartos, who succeeded Carney in the top spot, and from Isaac Jahn, the association's finance director. The association also participates in the South Dakota Retirement System, making Carney eligible for a pension too.
PIERRE — South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers saw more motorists using seat belts more often during each of the past five years, a state official told lawmakers Tuesday. The rate for calendar 2017 was 74.8 percent, according to State Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones. Numbers presented to the Legislature's Government Operations and Audit Committee showed use gradually but consistently climbing. The 2013 figure was 68.7 percent.
Directors for the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority agreed Monday to purchase another $25 million of insurance coverage. It would protect the state-created authority specifically on the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and the related Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Neutrinos are tiny particles that weigh about one-millionth of the mass of an electron. Neutrinos are difficult to track. Scientists at Sanford Underground Research Facility in the former Homestake gold mine at Lead are trying to detect them.
PIERRE — As South Dakota voters prepare to decide whether to raise tobacco tax rates in November, state government has already started to reduce spending through a new digital stamping program for collecting tobacco taxes, according to a South Dakota official. The contract should be more efficient for distributors and the government, state Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach said Monday. The agreement calls for Meyercord Revenue to provide direct-to-distributor service when possible.
PIERRE — Among true achievements during the time of Gov. Dennis Daugaard was improving state government credit to AAA. South Dakota received the rating again this year from three major groups. This is important to every person in our state. The AAA rating has saved state government millions of dollars in interest on debt issued for construction projects. This was achieved through frugality.