GOED investigations lead state government to enact further fraud protections

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – People applying for some positions in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development would need to pay for criminal background checks under a new requirement approved by Legislature. That change, which awaits a decision from the governor, is one of many under way … Read Article

GOED head: Northern Beef will reopen within two years

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The Aberdeen processing plant formerly known as Northern Beef Packers will be back in business with “a lot of jobs” within two years, according to Pat Costello, the governor’s commissioner of economic development. Costello told a legislative panel Friday that state government … Read Article

State paid bundle to Benda without supporting receipts

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The former state official that pioneered recruitment of Asian investors for a handful of South Dakota projects received many tens of thousands of dollars in reimbursements for expenses in a two-year period that weren’t backed up receipts or other proof, a special … Read Article

Legislature OKs plan for EB-5 hearings as GOED makes federal report available

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The state Senate gave final approval Monday to a plan for legislative hearings on the EB-5 immigrant investor program in South Dakota. Senators voted 33-1 to approve HCR 1010. The measure previously cleared the House of Representatives 51-18. The Governor’s Office of … Read Article

Legislature’s plan taking shape for hearings into EB-5 program

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – Pieces are moving into place for the Legislature to analyze state government’s involvement in the now-suspended EB-5 immigrant investor program and decide whether further action should be taken. The eight Democratic and Republican leaders and assistant leaders in the House of Representative … Read Article

State withdraws offer to loan $5 million to Northern Beef

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The state Board of Economic Development canceled a $5 million loan commitment to Northern Beef Packers on Tuesday. The arrangement originally was approved Jan. 28, 2010. The board subsequently extended the commitment multiple times. The board granted its most recent extension at … Read Article