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State budget and policy reflects values

It is important that the consequence of state budget decisions align with the values of South Dakota citizens

Political Science Professor Rober Burns, Vice Chair of the South Dakota Budget & Policy Project Advisory Council, wants to help South Dakotans understand and be involved with the state budgeting process.

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New resource available to help understand the South Dakota budget

The SD Budget & Policy Project released the South Dakota Budget Primer – a guide to the South Dakota Budget Process at a news conference on December 2, 2012.  Click here to view pdf of the Budget Primer.

The Budget Primer is a guide to understanding the components of the … 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.

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Poverty on rise in South Dakota and nation in 2009

Job-based health coverage continues to weaken

9-17-10  The past year brought the largest single-year increase in national poverty on record, with rates jumping to 14.3 percent in 2009 from 13.2 percent in 2008, new Census Bureau data show. The Census Bureau also released preliminary data showing that poverty rose substantially … Read more

Fact Sheet – Need-based grant funds for post-secondary education

3-30-10  South Dakota is the only state without a need-based grant program for post-secondary students.

In 2009 the South Dakota Legislature (HB1183) created a special one-year pilot allowing South Dakota to accept an $88,000 donation from the South Dakota Education Access Foundation to match $88,000 of federal funds.  Nineteen* South … Read more

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