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January28

Senate supports explanation resolution

Members of the Senate voted 24-11 to support HCR 1001, which that distinguished the difference between a fee and a tax.   Sen. Dan Lederman said the resolution is a “statement of explanation and intent” of the responsibilities of the legislature. Sen. Lederman noted a tax is how the state pays for everyone’s fair share and
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January27

Resolution recognizes fees and taxes differences

On a 57-10 vote, members of the House voted to pass a legislative resolution that distinguished the difference between a fee and a tax.   Rep. Jim Bolin introduced HCR 1001 on the floor, saying he “would like (the explanation) to go on record” because “many current members of (the House) faced a barrage of charges” from
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January21

Appropriators assess aid adjustment again

South Dakota legislative appropriators took another look at the proposed state aid adjustment that would add the cost of school technology, assessment and the sparsity factor to the formula.   Department of Education Director of Finance and Management Tami Darnall rehashed the plan, and its estimated cost, with appropriators a week after S.D. Bureau of
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January18

Work with your legislators

South Dakota’s 90th legislative session got underway on Tuesday (Jan. 13) with Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address.   There was very little said about K-12 education and the teacher shortage our schools are facing by Gov. Daugaard during the address, but that should not deter our advocacy efforts.   “Everyone is looking
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January16

Appropriators review proposed state aid adjustment

A proposed change to the education funding formula could save the state $100,000.   S.D. Bureau of Finance and Management Commissioner Jason Dilges discussed the proposed adjustment, which would see tax payers share the cost of school technology, assessment and the sparsity factor, with legislators at Thursday’s Joint Appropriations committee meeting.   The three factors
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January11

Previewing the 2015 Legislative Session

Business is about to pick up in Pierre.   One hundred and five legislators descend on the Capitol City on Tuesday for the start of the 90th legislative session.   The 2015 calendar features 39 legislative days with Governor Dennis Daugaard’s State of the State Address kicking off session on Tuesday (Jan. 13).   Other key session days
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January06

ASBSD’s legislative direction

One of the most important steps in ASBSD’s preparation for legislative session each year is Delegate Assembly.   The legislative direction of the Association is set with approval of resolutions and standing positions by member districts.   Download the approved standing positions and resolutions by clicking on the links or visit the Publications and Forms page on the ASBSD website.   For the 2015 legislative session,
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December08

ASBSD’s final edition of the Bulletin

ASBSD is proud to send you the final edition of our monthly publication, The Bulletin.     This month’s Bulletin shares information on the Governor’s proposed increase to K-12 funding, outcomes of Delegate Assembly and much more.   Click here to view the online edition or download the easy-to-print PDF edition, which is attached.   We
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December04

Increase above inflation explained

Governor Dennis Daugaard proposed a two percent increase to state aid for schools for next year during his budget address on Tuesday (12/2), which will result in approximately $96 more per-student bringing the per-student allocation to approximately $4877 for the 2015-16 school year.   The rate of inflation came in at 1.5 percent, which would have been the
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