South Dakotans Talking

Added October 13th, 2011 by

Do you want to be part of a local discussion about how our state raises tax revenue and spends it? 

Have you ever wondered how the budget process actually works and how you can influence it?

YOU are invited to be part of a public forum in your area discussing the formation of the South Dakota budget and fiscal policy research.   Meetings are being scheduled in over a dozen locations around the state. 

All events will include a light meal, followed by education and discussion around the South Dakota budget and  fiscal policy.

How South Dakota collects and spends money for the common good reflects our shared values – our consensus about what public services are needed in our state and what we are willing to pay for together.

The goal of these South Dakotans Talking sessions is to provide local communities with an opportunity to come together for a non-partisan budget discussion, to learn state budget basics, and to begin a consensus building discussion.  Participants will share their thoughts and ideas in small group discussions and by using electronic technology called “Turning Point.”

Each session in the state will be hosted by local hosting organization(s).  Local Legislators are invited to attend as distinguished listeners. Check the SCHEDULE and contact your local host with an RSVP if you would like to attend.  Meeting sizes are limited.  Be part of South Dakotans Talking!

 
Research provided by:  Joy Smolnisky, Director,South Dakota Budget & Policy Project,  A project of SD Voices for Children

Funding support provided by:  Bush Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation

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