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Other View: South Dakota Editorial Roundup

January 28, 2011 in The Daily Republic

There’s no pot of gold for South Dakota’s state budget
Last week (Jan. 21), Democrats in the South Dakota Legislature responded to Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget plan by presenting one of their own. While they are willing to accept about $42 million of the $127 million in budget cuts Daugaard proposed, they strongly disagreed with his plan to cut $55 million from education and $30 million from health care services for the needy. They proposed spending the state’s $107 million in reserves over the next three years, taking unspecified amounts from state trust funds beyond the normal interest earnings, and possibly reaching into state government’s cash flow account. Continue Reading

Other Views: South Dakota Editorial Roundup

December 10, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Proposed cut to education funding is just too much
Funding for K-12 public education shouldn’t be seen as untouchable, but it does deserve special consideration when compared with other state-funded services.
So it’s disappointing to see the final budget proposal of Gov. Mike Rounds’ administration fail to acknowledge that distinction. Continue Reading

Other Views; Budget woes, earmark reform

November 19, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Solutions getting tougher as state’s budget hole remains
On Dec. 7, Gov. Mike Rounds will make his recommendations for the 2012 state budget to the Legislature. Those recommendations will provide a starting point for the 2011 session of the South Dakota Legislature, which is staring at a budget shortfall of at least $39 million. When that shortfall is dealt with and it will be because state law requires a balanced budget lawmakers already know there is another $37 million projected deficit for the next (2013) budget. Continue Reading

Other Views: Heed public’s will on ban; continuing fight for open government in S.D.

November 12, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Heed public’s will on ban
Today’s a great day for South Dakota.
Because the state’s smoking ban extends to almost all remaining indoor businesses, employees in bars, restaurants and casinos will be able to breathe fresh air. Continue Reading

Opinion: South Dakota Editorial Roundup

September 17, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Rounds’ budget cuts are a good place to start
South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds is completing his final months before leaving the governor’s chair to a new occupant. Rounds is near the end of his second term and, because of term limits, cannot seek a third consecutive term. … The governor is tackling the projected state budget deficit for the next fiscal year and is looking for ways to help the new governor and the next Legislature deal with it. Continue Reading