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How many people in YOUR South Dakota county need Medicaid Expansion?

New US Census data helps South Dakota counties understand just how many of their low-income residents have no health insurance.quote

A few years ago we[i] published the detailed census estimates of how many low-income uninsured residents in each SD county would be eligible if the state expanded Medicaid.

Now, … Read more

What is the coverage gap?

coverage gapAnswer:  The predicament of 13,000 South Dakotans whose income is too low to purchase subsidized insurance on the exchange and too high for current Medicaid coverage.


About 13,000 South Dakota residents have fallen into the coverage gap. This means their incomes are too low to qualify for tax … Read more

Impact analysis – SD Increased Minimum Wage Initiated Measure 18

Impact analysis highlights (see full report)

  • One of six (17.3%) employed South Dakotans estimated to see wage increases[i]
  • The majority of “affected SD workers” are adults who have completed high school or college   
  • One of seven (13.8%) SD children have at least one affected parent
  • Two-thirds of
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South Dakota’s racial employment gap

South Dakota’s Native American-white employment gap is 32.7% – the largest in the nation.[i]

What accounts for this large employment gap between whites and Native Americans in South Dakota?   

Native American-white employment gap in SD

Analysis of South Dakota’s racial employment gap examined how the odds of being employed are affected by state of residence, Read more

HB 1113 – SD elderly and disabled tax refund program

Since 1974 South Dakota has provided sales and property tax relief to the elderly and disabled poor.

Program eligibility is determined by a fixed household income amount, that has been adjusted spuratically, rather than an amount adjusted for inflation, such as the Federal Poverty Index (FPI).

Elderly Tax Refund ProgramBecause eligibility increases have … Read more

Costs for South Dakota Medicaid Expansion

A Medicaid Expansion Taskforce was appointed by South Dakota’s governor in the final days of the 2013 Legislative Session.  This week the taskforce released its final  Report examining opportunities and challenges of Medicaid Expansion in South Dakota

SD Budget & Policy Project analysed the data included in the report along … Read more

SNAP eligibility and allotment amount

A brief look at SNAP (supplemental nutritional assistance program)


graphic of benefit tableBENEFITS:  The amount of benefits the household gets is called an allotment.  The net monthly income of the household is multiplied by .3, and the result is subtracted from the MAXIMUM allotment for the household size to find the … Read more

House Bill 1247 – decreasing tax relief for the impoverished elderly and disabled

Less than 10% of South Dakota elderly living below poverty level receive property or sales tax refunds.

South Dakota has a long-standing program that provides sales and property tax relief to the elderly and disabled poor.

However, because income eligibility is tied to a fixed dollar income (not a % … Read more

News Release – Child Poverty

9-28-10  18.2 percent of South Dakota children live in poverty – New census data paints grim picture

Child poverty in South Dakota increased to 18.2 percent in 2009 from 16.4 percent in 2007. According to Census Bureau data released today, 34,671 South Dakota children are poor. The child poverty rate … Read more

SD Public Radio – Dakota Midday Looks at SD Poverty Data

Air Date: 09/21/2010   On this edition of Dakota Midday, host Paul Guggenheimer talks with Joy Smolnisky, director of the South Dakota Budget and Policy Project. She discusses new figures released by the Census Bureau that show poverty rose substantially in South Dakota.

 To listen, click here.

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