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January14

Gov. Noem notes rise in revenue, possibility for state aid increase

South Dakota’s revenue figures from the holiday season brought with them some cheer and a note from Gov. Kristi Noem during her State of the State Address that any extra money should be prioritized for K-12 education.   “Since my budget address, revenues have been slightly better than expected,” Gov. Noem said during her address
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December30

Revenue projections may have major implications for K-12

The most recent revenue figures for South Dakota tell two different stories.   November’s revenue numbers are either very good or very bad, depending on the projections used. Based on revenue projections adopted by the legislature during the 2019 legislative session, the revenue figures for November came in $8.7 million higher than projected, but utilizing
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December10

No inflationary increase in state aid proposed, enrollment bump and special education rebase included

Shrinking revenue collections are scaling back spending in the state budget resulting in schools not receiving an increase in state aid for next school year.   “Money is tight this year,” Gov. Kristi Noem told legislators during her Fiscal Year 2021 budget address. “I will not be able to recommend inflationary increases.”   Gov. Noem
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December08

Online sales tax collection continues to be cloudy

Discussion revolving around online sales tax revenue returned to the legislature recently.   Legislative Research Council representatives Wenzel Cummings and Jeff Mehlhaff appeared before the Legislature’s Executive Board recently (12/3), just a few weeks after (11/19)  sharing information on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales with the committee.   At the November meeting, the Executive Board voted
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December06

Special Education comm. completes interim report

Recommendations have emerged from the legislative committee charged with studying special education.   Last month, the Special Education Interim Legislative Committee concluded their in-depth look at special education without formal recommendations being acted upon or presented to the Legislature’s Executive Board members at their November meeting.   Recently, however, the final interim committee report to the Executive
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November19

Delegates vote on legislative positions of ASBSD

Lively discussion at ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly helped lay out the legislative direction for the Association for the upcoming legislative session.   More than 70 school board members were in attendance at Delegate Assembly to vote on 36 resolutions and 12 standing positions, as well as set the Advocacy Priorities for ASBSD.   “Your attendance today
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November17

Online sales tax collection on the rise, solutions sought in statute

Online sales tax revenue was on the agenda for legislature’s lead committee this week.   Members of the Legislature’s Executive Board received a report on Sales Tax Reduction from Remote Sales, which in state statute is the reduction of the sales tax by one-tenth of percent for every $20 million raised by Internet sales, also
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November16

Special Education comm. concludes study without recommendations

The legislative committee charged with studying special education completed their study but had not introduced any formal recommendations as of Monday (11/18).   The Special Education Interim Legislative Committee met last week (11/13) for the third and final time of the legislative interim. The committee was created by the passage of Senate Bill 3 during this year’s
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November15

Ag Land Task Force approves proposed legislation

No major proposed property tax legislation emanated out of the legislature’s ag committee.   The Ag Land Assessment Task Force met recently (11/15) and approved two pieces of legislation to be introduced during the 2020 Legislative Session: House Bill Draft 248: To authorize the Secretary of the Department of Revenue to contract with certain entities
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October26

Appoint your district’s delegate for the 2019 ASBSD Delegate Assembly

ASBSD’s Delegate Assembly is the time and place to establish your state school board association’s legislative direction and share your district’s view on key legislative topics.   Delegates will vote on ASBSD’s resolutions and standing positions, which set the legislative path for the 2020 legislative session.   Click the links to review ASBSD’s proposed resolutions and standing positions for
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