9-1-1 surcharges produced 25 percent less than forecast

By Bob Mercer State Capitol Bureau Special surcharges that telephone users pay in South Dakota to help support 9-1-1 emergency reporting services didn’t generate in the last year the money that was forecast. The monthly $1.25 per phone line and the new 2 percent surcharge on pre-paid wireless minutes purchased … Read Article

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

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