NewsDecember 13 2017

Lower Brule School receives over 90 hats from The Madhatter

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Lower Brule School receives over 90 hats from The Madhatter 
 
The Lower Brule School would like to thank Kathie Diedrich of Vivian, SD. Kathie made all of these hats herself and generously donated to our school to help keep our students warm throughout the winter.

NewsDecember 13 2017

Daugaard’s last budget a lean one

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Daugaard’s last budget a lean one

By Dana Hess For the S.D. Newspaper Association
 
   PIERRE — Despite the need to fill a shortfall in the current budget and the projection for another lean budget in FY 2019, South Dakota’s finances aren’t in bad shape. That was the message Gov. Dennis Daugaard offered in his budget address to the S.D. Legislature on Tuesday. 
   South Dakota’s working. We’re working better than many other states,” Daugaard said, noting the state’s high credit rating, its healthy pension plan and strong financial practices. “We’ve seen positive economic growth but need to be cautious given recent sluggish revenue growth.” 
   The governor’s proposed $4.7 billion budget for 2019 includes $1.7 billion in federal funds, $1.6 billion in the general fund and $1.3 billion in other state funds.  
   This is Daugaard’s last budget proposal. Constrained by term limits, he cannot run for governor again in 2018. 
   The general fund portion of the proposed budget includes $32.4 million in new spending. That amount will not include raises for state employees. School districts won’t have an increase in funds tied to inflation. Rather, they’ll see new money only as it relates to the expenses incurred by higher enrollments. 
   Daugaard said the state’s sluggish economy was due to a lack of growth in sales and use tax collections which account for 63 percent of state revenue. Four factors in the state’sslow sales tax growth have been low farm income, low inflation, a growth in e-commerce sales and rising health care costs. 
   Daugaard explained that lower farm income led to less spending on taxable items just as rising health care costs cut into discretionary spending. 
   The increase in health care spending has eroded the sales tax base,” Daugaard said.  
   Tracking e-commerce sales continues to be difficult, the governor said. 
   Some out-of-state sellers are voluntarily collecting their sales tax,” Dagaard said. “We know some companies are still not remitting tax.” 
   In addition to proposing a modest budget for FY 2019, Daugaard said the state must also revamp the current budget due to a revenue shortfall and increased expenses that total $33.7 million.  
   Contributing to the need to revamp the budget are $9 million in increased education expenses due to higher than expected enrollments and a shortfall of $20.3 million in revenue.  
   Daugaard proposed handling the shortfall by reducing state government expenses by $16 million and using cash from various state funds totaling $17.7 million. This includes tapping the state’s budget reserve for $7.2 million. 
   Daugaard noted that the $33.7 million needed to shore up the current budget amounted to about 2 percent of the general fund budget.  
   I think we’re in relatively good shape,” Daugaard said. “We’re honestly balancing our budget with ongoing revenue only being used for ongoing expenses.” 
   He noted that the budget situation is bleaker in other states. He said Montana just finished a special budget session. Oklahoma lawmakers spent eight weeks in a special session and failed to come up with a budget to fill a $250 million shortfall. In Illinois, state government is using one-time funds, much of it raised through borrowing, to pay for ongoing expenses. 
   Many other states find themselves in dire straits today because they fail to maintain that discipline that I’m proud South Dakota has historically maintained,” Daugaard said.

NewsDecember 06 2017

Open House drawing winner

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Congratulations to our Open House Winner Adam Ehlers! He has won a one year subscription to the Lyman County Herald. Thank you everyone who attended the Open House!

NewsDecember 06 2017

Vivian Legion receives check

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Vivian Legion receives check 
 
The Vivian Fire Department received a check from Modern Woodmen for $100 to give to an organization of their choice. Keith Patrick, left of the Vivian Fire Department, presented the check to the Webster-Larson American Legion Post members Terry Patrick (center) and David Fristad.
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