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WHO PAYS increased SD sales taxes to raise teacher salaries?

There is broad consensus in South Dakota that teacher salaries need to be competitive to attract and retain good teachers – but who is going to pay for it? Two options have been floated thus far to fund the increase. Some in-depth fiscal analysis and charting helps clarify the difference … Read more

Census data reveals a persistent poverty problem in South Dakota despite economic recovery

Do you know the kids in your community who are living in poverty?Child Poverty in SD remains among highest in the region

According to the latest census data[i], 36,240 South Dakota children are living below the poverty level – that is 17.7% of all South Dakota children.

Unfortunately, things have not been getting much better. Child poverty rates in … Read more

Who Pays state and local taxes in South Dakota?

South Dakota is often touted as a low tax state.  It is, for some families.  Not so much for others.

What makes the difference?  See the latest analysis.

Family income drives the overall percentage of income paid in state and local taxes in South Dakota.

2015 ITEP ChartThe 20% of South … Read more

Uninsured in South Dakota–what are the options?

According to data[i] released today by the US Census, 17% of all non-elderly South Dakota adults (age 18-64) were uninsured in 2013


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Beginning in 2014, some of these 80,881 uninsured South Dakotans had a new option through the federal healthcare exchange to access … 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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The uninsured in South Dakota – a deep dive into county level data

SD County level data – uninsured eligible for health insurance under Medicaid expansion and federal exchange subsidies

QUESTION:  How many uninsured South Dakotans per county would be eligible for health insurance under Medicaid expansion and federal exchange subsidies?

 ANSWER: Analysis of Census Bureau 2010 SAHIE data[1] (the most recent Read more

SD county specific graphs – uninsured eligible for health insurance under Medicaid expansion and federal exchange subsidies

 SD Budget & Policy Project analyzed Census Bureau 2010 SAHIE data to create county specific graphs illustrating how may uninsured South Dakotans are in each county and how many fall into income eligibility categories for health insurance under provisions of Medicaid Expansion and Federal exchange subsidies. 

Link to data source:  … Read more

All SD counties have residents eligible for Medicaid Expansion

QUESTION:  Which counties in South Dakota have uninsured residents who would be eligible for government health insurance coverage if South Dakota expands Medicaid?

ANSWER:  All of them. 

Check out SD B&PP analysis of Census Bureau 2010 SAHEI data[i]  (the most recent available) detailing the number of … Read more

Rapid City poverty rates for American Indians highest in nation


American Indian and Alaska Native Poverty Rate About 50 Percent in Rapid City, S.D., and About 30 Percent in Five Other Cities, Census Bureau Reports

The poverty rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Rapid City, S.D. (50.9 percent) was around three times the rate in Anchorage, Alaska (16.6 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

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