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State employees to see raise in 2013-15, some unhappy

May 22, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK Mike Stebbins, a third-generation public employee and supervisor for the Department of Transportation in Underwood, watches semi trucks fly by him on highways every day. The 57-year-old maintenance man spends his days mowing, fixing signs and plowing snow during the winter, among many other things. Continue Reading

Legislature’s authority over retirement system won’t be appealed in court

June 7, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Circuit Judge Mark Barnett’s decision that the Legislature had the legal authority to reduce the annual cost of living adjustment for South Dakota Retirement System members won’t be further challenged, SDRS administrator Rob Wylie said Wednesday.
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State pension system faces deficit in millions

June 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE State investment officer Matt Clark delivered grim news and a grimmer forecast Wednesday to the South Dakota Retirement System trustees and the Legislature’s retirement laws committee.
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State workers save money with fewer motel nights

May 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE State government employees took fewer overnight trips for work in South Dakota during each of the past three-plus years, shaving more than $1 million of lodging expenses, according to data assembled by the state Bureau of Finance and Management.
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Public employees’ contracts are open records, SD Senate says

February 3, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Last year some school district officials in Sioux Falls and elsewhere refused to release their contracts. Continue Reading

Panel: SD Retirement System can design plan changes

January 20, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE The trustees who govern South Dakota’s retirement system for public employees want to explore a hybrid plan that would reduce some of the risks in trying to keep benefits and investments in better balance.
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AP survey: SD lawmakers favor state worker raise

January 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

PIERRE (AP) A survey by The Associated Press indicates that South Dakota lawmakers like Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to give state employees a pay raise after a three-year salary freeze. Continue Reading

Report: N.D. paid state workers less than any other state in 2010

December 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The average 2010 payroll per state employee in North Dakota was $33,895, according to analysis of recently released U.S. Census of Governments data by the Center for Governmental Research. West Virginia, South Dakota, Missouri and Indiana rounded out the nation’s five lowest-paying states, with each paying their state employees an average of about $34,000 in 2010. Continue Reading

Minnesota state employees returning to work

July 21, 2011 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) State employees began returning to work in Minnesota Thursday after a new budget agreement ended a government shutdown of nearly three weeks.

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UPDATE: N.D. pension funds expect $64 million in trading fraud case

April 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s state Investment Board expects to get almost $64 million this month as its share of money recovered in an alleged investment fraud, an administrator said. Continue Reading

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