SD Association of School Business Officials Presentation

It isn’t all glamor being a business wonk – but South Dakota is fortunate to have some great talent serving as Business Officers in our School Districts.  So a BIG thank you to these dedicated folks who keep track of all the numbers, bills and expenses (and so much more) … Read more

Legislative Candidate Budget Basics

Learning materials for Candidate Budget Basics Training Sessions provided throughout the state by SD Budget & Policy Institute

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A federal balanced budget amendment sounds so reasonable – Why isn’t it?

A Federal Balanced Budget Amendment doesn’t make fiscal sense for South Dakota

At risk:  Federal Budget Spending is $8.2 billion in South Dakota

Fiscally responsible federal budgeting can and should be achieved through prudently balanced taxation and spending policies without a Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget.  A Constitutional Amendments … Read more

Powerpoint for South Dakotans Talking k-12 Education Funding

For those of you who have been asking for access to the Power Point used at the South Dakotans Talking Education Funding presentations, here it is!  SD Talking K-12 funding web posting

I’ve included access to the speaker notes to help clarify the graphic content.

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Happy Birthday – SD Budget & Policy Institute

This month marks the first anniversary of SD Budget & Policy Institutes (BPI) work in South Dakota

“WHAT – hasn’t that group been at it for years in South Dakota???”

Yup – since 2010 – but under an old title of SD Budget & Policy Project, which was a project … Read more

Listen in to Director Joy Smolnisky on SD Public Radio:   Midday Interivew  explaining why SD rated poorly in its use of budget tools and what we can do about it.

2014  Budget Toolkit (FY15)  Each year SD Budget & Policy Institute (SD BPI) monitors fiscal policy proposals submitted to the … Read more

Access current reports:

Medicaid Expansion – A South Dakota Decision 

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Legislative Session 2012

Click here to access a pdf of the South Dakota Budget Primer

SB151 Creates a time period before voting on the general appropriation bill – Analysis

SB 194  Tax refunds for elderly people and people with a disability – Analysis

HB 1133 Establishes a legislative planning committee – Analysis

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South Dakotans Talking – community meetings scheduled

Join your neighbors for a free meal and some serious discussion about our state finances… 

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  • learn state budget and fiscal policy basics
  • participate in a non-partisan budget discussion
  • begin a consensus-building discussion with your neighbors

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New resources to understand South Dakota’s budget

South Dakota Budget Primer – a guide to the South Dakota Budget Process  Click here to view pdf of the Budget Primer.  The Budget Primer is a guide to understanding the components of the state budget, how it is created and some of the priorities and choices it reflects.

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