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Economists Expect Less Money Coming From Taxes. Schools and Hospitals Getting Nervous.

The promise of a budget surplus in December has dissipated into cold reality.  As the South Dakota Legislature wraps up their main session this week, the funding projections are somewhat lower than first anticipated.  

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Do Student Debts Hinder Home Purchases?

A story in the Washington Post says many young adults getting established in the workforce aren't buying homes, at least partly because they're still paying their student loans.

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STUDY: South Dakota Spends Smaller Percentages on Education, Welfare Than National Averages

(NPN) -- South Dakota and most Northern Plains states spend less on welfare than the national average but are above, below and at national averages for education spending, according to a recent government study

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Governor Daugaard Explains Education Proposal

In his State of the State address to the South Dakota Legislature, Governor Dennis Daugaard mentioned the need for people to acquire the skills to meet the needs of the labor market.

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Report: S.D. Children Would Benefit from Tobacco Tax Increase

(NPN) Anti-smoking groups say South Dakota children will benefit if Congress passes President Obama’s proposal to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes. 

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Sioux Falls School Board Candidate Matt Leedom

Matt Leedom is trying to be one of the two top vote-getters in the upcoming School Board election in Sioux Falls. Election Day is Tuesday May 21.

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Sioux Falls School Board Candidate Kent Alberty

Kent Alberty is seeking a third term on the Sioux Falls Public School Board. The election is on Tuesday May 21.

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Sioux Falls School Board Candidate Carly Reiter

May 21 is Election Day for the Sioux Falls School Board. Carly Reiter says the district should invest in teachers as they will invest in the students.

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Need a Nurse? No problem! Leave the Classroom and Go to the Clinic

For some families, getting their children treated for minor illnesses means taking time off from work and spending time in clinic waiting rooms waiting to be seen by a doctor. But families at Hayward Elementary in Sioux Falls are benefitting from a newly opened clinic located right in the school.

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Debate on How to Fund Education in South Dakota Continues

It’s a debate that’s been going on for years in South Dakota - how to best fund K-12 education in this state without raising property taxes.

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