Labor Department plans to ask employers for more information about their workers

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau A few years from now, employers in South Dakota might have to provide more data about their employees to the state Unemployment Insurance Division. Current state rules require the employee’s name, Social Security number and amount of income on the quarterly report. State Department … Read Article

Name Your Price adoption event at animal shelter

Heartland Humane Society announces a three-day “Name Your Price” adoption event this Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 26-28. During the “Name Your Price” event, approved adopters can choose their own adoption fee on a featured 15 cats and two dogs currently awaiting forever homes. Normal adoption fees are $50-$125 depending on … Read Article

Outside review faults Legislature’s operations most for drafting errors and being nonpartisan

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The South Dakota Legislature has the smallest central, nonpartisan legislative staff agency in the nation, according to a management and performance audit that was officially delivered today to the Legislature’s Executive Board. The report said most legislators agree the Legislative Research Council staff members … Read Article

Schools struggle to patch budgets together, after Legislature cut state aid two years ago

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau The fastest way to reduce financial problems in many South Dakota school districts is to finish restoring the state aid that was cut 8.6 percent in 2011 by the Legislature, leaders for two statewide school organizations told a panel of lawmakers Monday. They said about $23 million … Read Article