Dr. Annette Bosworth gives a presentation on the Federal Minimum Wage, and why she thinks as a pre-qualifier to being in office, why she thinks every candidate for Senate should have run a small business.
From Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dan Lederman’s blog, Dan explains why he’s at the Convention of States meeting this weekend:
Many are here because they see a myriad of problems coming out of Washington. some are here because of the intrusion of Obamacare into our lives and businesses. Some are seeking a renewed look at federal term limits and campaign finance reform.
In addition to these issues, I would like to see an amendment to the constitution for a balanced budget, and to force the Congress to stop mortgaging our children’s future.
Why are we seeking such a drastic measure to amend the constitution? It’s obvious that the entrenched politicians who control Washington have no interest in reforms. Congress passes campaign finance reforms that only make the process more difficult for candidates to be in compliance. It’s obvious that congress will never limit itself on spending.
And let’s not kid ourselves on whether or not Congress will ever pass term limits.
Just noted Stace Nelson’s latest taunt at his opponents launched via Facebook & twitter, where he says he’s signed up for three debates in January:
Rounds has been putting much of his efforts into raising cash, and can afford to have a tougher quarter (with the holidays) with over a million already in the bank, but the rest of the field needs to prove they can make the leap to being a top tier candidate who can generate the kind of cash a serious campaign for US Senate is expected to produce.
Rhoden had held on to much of the 60k he had raised in his first quarter through frugality, and many are looking to see if he’s able to build on his momentum and triple or quadruple what he had raised. If he’s the top ‘Rounds alternative’ his campaign fundraising needs to reflect it.
If memory serves, in one of her fundraising pleas, Bosworth had set a goal of raising in the neighborhood of a half-million for this fundraising period. If she can produce half to two thirds of this goal, this would put her closer to the area she needs to be in. Heavy consultant spending by Bosworth needs to produce a benefit, or she may be in trouble.
Nelson provides a campaign budgeting conundrum. He needs to show he can raise & bank several hundred thousand, but to this point has spent significant amounts on the things many campaigns buy last; pens, magnets & t-shirts. This is a US Senate primary in June, not January. It can’t come in and immediately go out. A mediocre to poor fundraising quarter coupled with high expenses may just shut down this campaign by March, because Nelson (and Rhoden as well) certainly won’t have days free for fundraising during session.
So debates in January? Maybe. But let’s see who is in the race. It might be a far slimmer field next month.
At least one raw milk outlet is pulling the plug from public sales after the Department of Ag announced rules which take effect this month:
Days after the South Dakota Department of Agriculture announced it would begin implementing new regulations for raw milk producers, a Belle Fourche dairy decided it will no longer sell the product.
Dawn Habeck, co-owner of Black Hills Milk, said the new regulations would make it too difficult to keep selling raw milk to their customers, who were among the opponents of the state’s new regulations.
The new regulations take effect Wednesday.
Customers can get still get raw milk if they buy an undivided share of a cow and have Habeck become its caretaker. She can still legally provide the cow’s raw milk to a shareholder.
I’m really torn on this one, but the governmental minimalist in me has me leaning towards allowing people who want to consume it to do so.
We’re quickly coming to the 6 month benchmark until the Republican Primary election date, which will quickly be followed by the selection of candidates for constitutional offices at the State Republican convention in Rapid City. (Not to mention less than 30 days until candidates start circulating petitions.)
In other words, hold onto your hats, because the active election season is nigh. And for that matter, so is the legislative session.
And as things begin, what better way to promote your message or your candidacy to Republican opinion leaders than to put it on the website they read every single day.
If you’re looking to reach an audience that is among the most public affairs minded and politically engaged in the state, dakotawarcollege.com has a few remaining openings in it’s advertising line-up. And unlike many mainstream media websites, your ad doesn’t rotate among several dozen others. Your ad is “through site” meaning that it stays in the same place whether a reader is on the main page, or sifting through individual posts.
Currently we are seeing an average of around 30-35k visits/mo with each visit spending an average of 14 minutes time on site. Advertising on the Dakotwarcollege.com website is based on a first come, first serve basis for the available positions. Advertising slots are 300×200 pixel ads, which may scale slightly depending on WordPress theme, and may be either static image, animated .gif, or flash file, as long as the file size is within acceptable file parameters, does not impede the loading of the website, or interfere with existing code.
Our non-campaign season traffic averages at 1500 or more unique individual visits daily. At times of flurried activity, the SDWC has reached as high as 6900 unique visits in a day (And that’s visits, not hits).
Page views (or “hits”) are in the neighborhood of 120,000 per month based on the last 30 days’ traffic, with each visitor viewing an average of three or more pages during their visit.
And while I’m on the subject, whether your business is politics or retail, organizational or service, if you find yourself in need of high quality print materials such as business cards, postcards, or brochures, collateral items such as signs, banners, pens, or pins, or anything that helps you promote your business – give me a call for a quote today. I’ll also have a handy catalog available in a few weeks, but more on that later.
Democrats are meeting in Ft. Pierre as I’m writing this to discuss how to improve their fortunes in the coming year, as well as to introduce their gubernatorial candidate, the same one which executive director Zach Crago quickly tried to tell democrats they have better ones out there.:
This Saturday, Democratic State Central Committee members will be meeting in Fort Pierre from 10am to 12pm at the AmericInn to discuss the events of the upcoming year. Those attending will be given the opportunity to meet with the Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Lowe, and to take part in an interactive brainstorming session called a KIVA.
With the input of the attending members, we intend to construct a plan that empowers our grassroots county party leaders to lead Democrats on the road to victory in our local and statewide races in every corner of the state.
Yeah, good luck with that. Dem’s master plan last year of mailing out postcards that lied about candidates last year worked so well, so we can probably expect more genius along those lines. Or maybe they’ll come out the meeting with a theme of “2014 – the year when we gave up?”
Either way, it should probably be the same end result.
The Budget: Eliminating Liabilities to Strengthen Our State
A column by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:
Until I became Governor, Linda and I lived in the home we built on my family’s farmplace near Dell Rapids. About ten years ago, we decided to add a small addition onto the back. Our house had no debt against it, but we signed a fifteen-year mortgage to pay for the addition.
As you’d expect, we made regular payments on that mortgage for a number of years. Then, a few years ago, a cousin of my dad’s died. Dad’s cousin had owned a farm in Iowa. He didn’t have any close family, and he didn’t leave a will. That meant that many members of our extended family, including me, received a small inheritance of a few thousand dollars.
Linda and I hadn’t expected to receive anything from dad’s cousin, and when we received the money, we used it to pay off the mortgage for the addition. We were then able to take the money that had been used for monthly payments, and use it for other things.
In my state budget plan this year, I’m proposing that the state of South Dakota do something similar. In years past, our state has issued bonds, borrowing money to pay for building construction. We’ve borrowed to build a law enforcement training center in Pierre, to build treatment facilities and food service facilities at the Human Services Center in Yankton, and we’ve borrowed to improve science facilities at our state universities. Just as with a mortgage, the state has been making regular payments which will eventually repay our debts over a period of time.
This year, South Dakota received an unexpected windfall from a revenue source called Unclaimed Property. We expected to receive about $50 million this year from this revenue source, and were surprised in early November to instead receive more than $125 million. This was a result of changes in our laws and the relocation of bank charters to South Dakota. Much of that is a one-time windfall.
As I was planning my state budget proposal for next year, I thought back to that addition and that mortgage. That’s why I’m proposing this year that South Dakota use $58 million from this one-time windfall to fully repay four outstanding bonds. Repaying these bonds early means the state will no longer need to make payments, which frees up more than $6 million a year in ongoing revenue.
This year, my budget proposal includes 3 percent funding increases for K-12 schools and Medicaid providers – almost double the 1.6 percent that funding formulas would have required. I’m also proposing a tuition freeze for in-state, on-campus students at the state universities, and increased funding for our technical institutes.
Using this one-time windfall to eliminate bond liabilities helps to make these increases possible. It’s a way that we can provide more to those we want to support. Eliminating these bond liabilities also strengthens our state balance sheet, making South Dakota even more structurally sound for the future. It’s a win-win situation.
I’m heading back to the addition to see what else comes to mind. It has nothing to do with the recliner there.
Simplifying Taxes for Our Mobile Workforce
By Senator John Thune
Our increasingly mobile workforce has created opportunities for businesses to grow and expand throughout the nation. Employees can begin their day on one side of the country, travel several states away and still make it back home in time for dinner. Temporary work assignments for people whose jobs require them to travel and work in multiple states have become increasingly common.
When individuals work across state lines for any period during the year, they may be required to file income taxes in their home state and in the states in which they earned income. Currently, there is no uniform standard for levying state income taxes on out-of-state workers. The result is that workers and businesses face a confusing system of 41 different state income tax reporting requirements varying based on the length of stay, amount of income earned, or both. Simplifying the current system will ease reporting burdens for employees and employers.
While tax credits are issued in the home state to prevent double taxation, the burden of complying with 41 unique thresholds for income tax reporting complicates filings for businesses and individual employees. Residents of states without an income tax, such as South Dakota, are unable to recover income tax payments to other states.
Employees and employers should not be burdened with complex tax reporting requirements because jobs in the modern economy involve work in multiple states. That is why last month I introduced legislation along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act, which would establish a clear 30-day threshold test for state income tax purposes. Only after an individual is present and working for more than 30 days out of the year in a state could that state require the worker to file, and the business to withhold, state income taxes. This legislation will greatly simplify state income tax filings, is fairer to those residents in states without an income tax, and should help to encourage tax compliance. Our legislation is supported by the South Dakota CPA Society, the American Institute of CPAs, along with several other groups and organizations.
While this legislation is an important step to easing the tax reporting requirements for businesses and employees, it is just one of many measures that Congress should consider to reduce tax compliance costs. Streamlining our tax code will strengthen our economy, improve the competitiveness of our businesses, and greatly ease the tax burden for American families. I will continue my work in the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee to fight for a tax structure that will create wealth and improve take-home pay for the people of our state and nation.
Happy Birthday to the National Guard
By Rep. Kristi Noem
December 6, 2013
Before we became the United States of America, before we proclaimed that We the People have certain inalienable rights, before we had the Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard, the National Guard was there fighting for freedom and security.
In the colonial world, colonists needed to be self sufficient. They just didn’t have the money to hire professional fighters, as was customary in Europe at that time. So, on December 13, 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony established a militia made up of citizen soldiers. Today, we know that militia as the National Guard.
The National Guard has grown into a worldwide military force. It is a cornerstone in many of our communities and it enables our country to meet the challenges of an uncertain world, just as it did during colonial times.
When the Missouri River flooded, South Dakota’s National Guard was there to patrol the levees and put up sandbags that protected homes and businesses.
When an ice storm hit Sioux Falls and a blizzard buried West River, the National Guard was there to help dig out and clean up.
And in the years since the twin towers fell, the South Dakota National Guard has defended our homeland and our commitment to universal freedom. That is a debt we can never repay.
This week, many of us will be wrapping up our Christmas decorating – and some may already be starting to wrap a few gifts too. While it’s easy to get caught in the busyness of the holiday season, we can’t forget that some South Dakota National Guard families will have a little quieter Christmas this year. Their gifts have already been shipped so they can make the 7,000 mile trip to Kandahar, Afghanistan, and beyond by Christmas morning. I can’t even imagine.
Many of those deployed today joined the South Dakota National Guard after 9/11, knowing there was a good chance they’d have to spend at least one Christmas in a desert dust storm instead of a snow storm. That kind of courage, patriotism and selflessness should be admired.
And as our world evolves, so does the National Guard.
One of the most incredible, forward-looking efforts the Guard has undertaken is the State Partnership Program. We live in a small world. Our economy and security rely on our relationships with countries halfway around the globe, meaning our national defense strategy requires a new level of cooperation with our allies.
Through the State Partnership Program, the National Guard has built relationships with 71 countries, 25 partner nations contributed troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, and 31,000 partner-nation personnel are involved in U.N. peacekeeping operations. That reduces the demand for U.S. forces abroad, keeping more of our men and women in uniform home this Christmas.
This week, I hope you join me in wishing a happy 377th birthday to the National Guard. My family and I are so grateful for their continued service. Especially during the holiday season, we will be praying for all those who won’t be home this Christmas.
Rep. Noem meets with members of the National Guard and active-duty Air Force in Rapid City. (August 2013)