Governor Dennis Daugaard

Kevin Woster: Talking with Daugaard

Aug 6, 2020

In The Moment … August 6, 2020 Show 875 Hour 1

Governor Kristi Noem's first term in office is defined by a pandemic. But if she follows in the footsteps of Governor Dennis Daugaard, there are smoother days ahead. SDPB's Kevin Woster talks about his conversation with the former governor online at He also writes there about another well-known Woster. 

Discussing Daugaard's Budget And Legacy

Dec 5, 2018

In The Moment ... December 5, 2018 Show 473 Hour 2

Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed a $1.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2020, that includes spending increases for education, state employees and Medicaid providers.

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis go over details of Daugaard's plan and they visit about the legacy of South Dakota's outgoing governor.

Daugaard's Final Budget Address On Tuesday

Dec 1, 2018

Governor Dennis Daugaard will deliver a farewell and his final budget address Tuesday.
Daugaard is expected to present a budget foundation that can be used by the incoming Noem administration.
But don’t expect to see online sales tax collections represented in this address.
The annual budget address is required by the state constitution. Governor Daugaard and his staff will reveal revenue projections for the next 18 months. That includes the current and next fiscal year.

Kaemingk To Retire At End Of Daugaard Administration

Nov 1, 2018

Secretary of Corrections Denny Kaemingk will retire at the end of the Daugaard administration in January.

The governor’s office announced his retirement Thursday morning.

Kaemingk served 24 years in law enforcement in Mitchell and 9 years on the Board of Pardons and Paroles when Governor Daugaard appointed him as Secretary.

Kaemingk says the Department of Corrections has seen many changes over the last eight years.

Jackie Hendry

Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe is joining Governor Dennis Daugaard to promote technical education in South Dakota. The all-day event (on Thursday) called “A New Day in Tech Ed in South Dakota” revolves around changing the conversation around educational opportunities. 

Governor Daugaard has made workforce development and tech ed a mainstay of his administration. He credits Mike Rowe for proving on a national scale that the world of work is more than pushing pencils and typing at computers.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Starting November first, the state of South Dakota will collect sales taxes from online purchases.

This comes after years of political wrangling and a US Supreme Court decision that allows the state to require online retailers to remit sales tax from purchases.

When South Dakota lawmakers passed a bill several sessions ago that requires online vendors to remit sales tax to the state, the legislation carried an automatic injunction incase the bill was challenged in court.

It was.


As Governor Dennis Daugaard reaches the waning months of his tenure, he says he’s growing an interest in pollinators.

While he might not be going full time into bee keeping, Daugaard says he is looking to convert around five to ten acres of farmland into pollinator habitat.

Daugaard says he met with a habitat advisor, who pointed out certain areas the family was losing money by farming.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Demands in the modern day workforce from employers are changing quickly.

Skillsets are changing rapidly, and technology is aiding in that change.

However, a new report from the Western Governor’s Association says the education system is not keeping up with those demands.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, along with several other governors from the Western Governor’s Association are releasing a report that takes a look at Daugaard’s key initiative… workforce development.

Daugaard Bids Farewell To His Last Legislature

Mar 26, 2018

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard gave his farewell address to the state legislature on Monday.

The annual Veto Day is the last time a legislature convenes before officially adjourning for the session.  That took place Monday.

During his speech, the governor says he’s proud of the example lawmakers set for fiscal management.


South Dakota lawmakers are rejecting the governor’s bill to allow a temporary license for practicing professionals who move from another state.

House Bill 1319 would establish compacts with several western states to grant licensed professionals a temporary license to work while they work toward accreditation in the member state they just moved to.

But the bill dies in the house.

December Revenues Higher Than Current Projections

Feb 9, 2018
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Earlier this week, state officials released tax receipts for collections made at the end of January.

Those collections reflect the month of December, a high shopping season.

Revenues are over $18 million than currently projected.

Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’s cautiously optimistic about the numbers.

In The Moment ... January 22, 2018 Show 260 Hour 2

South Dakota Governor Dennis Dauggard joins In the Moment for a conversation about the SDSU Precision Ag Facility, his support of newly-appointed Secretary of Education Don Kirkegaard, and the need for apprenticeship programs in South Dakota.

Daugaard To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy In Summer

Jan 19, 2018

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint a justice to a looming vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

Justice Glen Severson will retire his seat in the summer. Daugaard is term limited this year.

Unlike the US Supreme Court, the state’s highest court must take every case appealed to it. Daugaard says the volume of cases grow every year. He says there’s a workload that must be handled.

In The Moment ... January 10, 2018 Show 253 Hour 2

Dakota Political Junkies Seth Tupper and Jonathan Ellis join In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a look at the first week of the 2018 legislative session in South Dakota. We talk about Governor Dennis Daugaard's State of the State address and more.

In The Moment ... December 13, 2017 Show 239 Hour 2 

Dakota Political Junkies Jon Hunter and Jonathan Ellis join In the Moment host Lori Walsh to discuss the week's top political headlines. We talk about U.S. Senator John Thune's call for character in Washington, Governor Dennis Duagaard's letter to the Des Moines Register defending Wall Drug and South Dakota's tax structure, and more.

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 1 

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard joins In the Moment host Lori Walsh for a conversation about the FY19 budget address and what's ahead for South Dakota.

South Dakota’s chief executive says he’s concerned by the rhetoric surrounding federal tax reform.

Meanwhile, Congressional Republicans are pushing forward. Congresswoman Kristi Noem says they hope a conference report on tax reform will drop in the coming weeks.

Both Senator John Thune and Congresswoman Kristi Noem are on the conference committee where they will hash out the differences between each chamber, and send that bill back for a vote.

Noem says she hopes the tax reform proposal is signed before Christmas.

In The Moment ... December 6, 2017 Show 234 Hour 2 

SDPB's Lee Strubinger covered Governor Dennis Daugaard's FY19 Budget Address in Pierre. He provides a recap on today's show.

South Dakota state government will have to tighten its belt once again as they head into the 2018 legislative session.

On Tuesday, Governor Dennis Daugaard outlined his vision to fund state government through the rest of his time in office. This upcoming session is his last as governor.

Tieszen Remembered As 'The Ponderer' At Funeral

Dec 4, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

State Representative Craig Tieszen was buried on Monday.
He died on Thanksgiving during a kayaking incident in the Cook Islands while attempting to save his brother in law.
Tieszen leaves behind a statesman’s legacy.

In The Moment ... November 27, 2017 Show 227 Hour 1

Canadian Consul General Paul Connors is based in Minneapolis. He recently visited South Dakota to visit with Governor Dennis Daugaard. We spoke with him last week after that visit. We talked about the role of a consul general, Canada's 150th birthday, and, most importantly, the economic partnership between South Dakota farms and businesses and our neighbor to the north.

In The Moment ... October 24, 2017 Show 205 Hour 1

Depending upon your hardiness, you still have miles to go on your bike this fall before hanging it up in the garage. Larry Rohrer returns with more from SDPB's digital series about bike trails throughout the state. This time we hit the trails with Governor Dennis Daugaard and Lt. Governor Matt Michels in Pierre.


South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says he expects to hear from the federal government about a state-funded Small Business Investment Company license.

Daugaard says that state-sponsored company will provide investments in early stage startups in South Dakota. The company is called Enterprise 605.

Daugaard says it’s a source of dollars will give fledgling South Dakota companies some extra help.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect, South Dakota had as many as 17 individual health insurance providers. Now the state has two, Avera and Sanford.

Conservative state leaders say that happened because Obamacare forced insurers out of the marketplace.

However, the CEO of Avera Health Plans says the state’s market isn’t big enough to host 17 individual health providers.

“Before the Affordable Care Act, South Dakota had 17 insurers offering individual health insurance policies. Now we just have two,” says Governor Dennis Daugaard.

In The Moment ... August 3, 2017 Show 148 Hour 2

Today in Sioux Falls, the first workshop of the Western Governors' Workforce Development Initiative is underway. It's the central policy initiative of South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's term as chair of the Western Governors' Association. It seeks to bridge the gap between workers and employers in the west in the hopes of building a more vibrant regional economy. This morning Governor Daugaard addressed the audience. We bring you Governor Daugaard's remarks from this morning.

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South Dakota’s congressional delegation is still intent to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Healthcare leaders in South Dakota say congressional legislative proposals could hurt the state.

Barb Storbeck helps people enroll for health insurance through the exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act.

She says many of her clients were getting health insurance for the first time.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s governor says federal health care reform can benefit the state’s working poor. The United States Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. South Dakota’s top official says a different federal change can save tens of millions of dollars.

To understand health care in South Dakota’s future, start in the past. The Affordable Care Act offers subsidies for people with low incomes down to the poverty line. Below that the law needed states to expand Medicaid to cover the working poor.

Victoria Wicks

Pending approval, the Keystone XL pipeline will pass across the state of South Dakota, through Buffalo, Murdo and Winner. The pipeline also crosses the river near the Cheyenne River Reservation.

A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock in North Dakota went on for months.
That’s prompted the state to prepare for potential demonstrations. It starts with one piece of legislation.

Governor Vetos Gun Bills And Three Others

Mar 17, 2017

Governor Dennis Daugaard is vetoing five bills that reached his desk. Two of those bills would have expanded gun laws in the state.
Two gun bills Governor Daugaard vetoed allow persons with an enhanced concealed carry permit to carry in the capitol, and another repealed concealed carry permit requirements altogether.
Daugaard says security at the capitol is ample. Since the sheriffs and police chiefs association oppose getting rid of concealed carry without a permit, he opposed that bill as well.

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Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to use their discretion when placing children…

Daugaard says the bill is legislation that’s been distributed to multiple states. He points to language in the bill about tax credits…

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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.