Lawmakers Start Crafting Budget

Feb 20, 2017

Lawmakers will start crafting the state budget this week.
 
Due to a lagging farm economy and a decrease in projected sales tax revenue, lawmakers have about $25 million dollars less to work with.
 
Last week lawmakers adopted February revenue projections, which put the budget at lower than projected.
 
Governor Dennis Daugaard says budget increases for state agencies are unlikely at this point. However, he says the state won’t have to make cuts like it did when he first took office…
 

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Welcome to the Potluck Society! I'm Hugh Weber. Thanks for checking out the second half of Episode 2!

In this segment, we make a call to Jason Roberts, who talks about the Better Block project in Dallas and the application of his experience to smaller communities. We wrap up the episode with an action antidote that your community will love. Just don't forget to use #PS002 if you join us in the action this week!

Stop by again next week, and, as always, don't forget to bring an idea to pass!

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Welcome to the Potluck Society! I'm Hugh Weber. And, I'm so glad you stopped by again this week for a special two-part episode!

In this episode of the podcast, we host our very first meeting of the Potluck Society and they've got some thoughts to share. Our spotlight for the week is Zach DeBoer, a gallery owner, artist, and community builder, who shares his philosophy of a community as a canvas. Don't miss the second half of this episode (available for download!) for a conversation with Jason Roberts of the Better Block Foundation and our action antidote of the week.

Governor's Awards Honor SD Artists

Feb 17, 2017
Chynna Lockett

Every two years, South Dakota teachers, community leaders and creators are honored for their services in the arts. The 23rd Governor’s Awards and Living Indian Treasure Award brought people from all over the state to celebrate Wednesday.

Nearly 300 people gather in the capitol for the arts awards presentation banquet.

Representative Shawn Bordeaux introduces the recipient of the Living Indian Treasure Award.

​Bryan Akipa takes the stage and Bordeaux presents him with a star quilt.  Akipa makes traditional Native American flutes.

PS001+: The Potluck Society: Meet Badger Clark

Feb 17, 2017
Dakota Discovery Museum

 

Guests Jeff Litterick and John T. Meyer discuss the latest writings of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg  and Microsoft news with their  Forza gaming franchise topping 1 Billion in sales – premium email service - $20/year.

VR headset developer Valve is "comfortable" with the idea that the technology could turn out to be a complete failure.

And John loves his Airpods - we talk about bluetooth headphones.

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment... February 17, 2017 Show 033 Hour 1

Alex Bruton is president of The Innographer and cofounder of the Straight Up Business Institute. He's coming to South Dakota for 12th annual South Dakota Entrepreneurship Education Conference (also known as Launch). We talk about "idea storming," innovation literacy, and the ruts in the road that hold us back from doing our most creative work.

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House Bill 1204, an act to authorize the growth and sale of industrialized hemp in South Dakota, passed the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee by a vote of nine to two on Feb. 16.

It now moves to the House floor.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Due to a budget shortfall, the proposed Spearfish Canyon land transfer is on hold.

The legislature adopted revenues that were $25 million shorter than previously projected.

That’s mostly due to lagging state sales tax revenue.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the public input sessions will continue. He says even if they’re only about land the state already owns.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

Governor Dennis Daugaard’s office is expanding state statute to handle any potential pipeline demonstrations in the future.
 
The bill comes a few weeks after President Donald Trump greenlighted the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
 
There’s concern over methods the governor’s office took to change state law.
 
Governor Daugaard’s office took a relatively empty bill called a shell bill, and stuffed it full of ten changes and additions to state statue.
 
The method is called a hog house amendment.
 

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