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South Dakota

State Recovery Act Website: http://recovery.sd.gov

South Dakota's state Recovery Act website scored 15 out of 100 possible points (ranking 34th) on Good Jobs First's 51-state study of state stimulus websites entitled Show Us the Stimulus. The poor score reflects the fact that the state only included descriptions of projects and a centralized website with clear links to relevant state agency websites. Contractor information: none.

South Dakota scored better-40 out of 100 (ranking 22nd)-on its disclosure of information specifically about highway projects funded by the Recovery Act.  The state's transportation data website includes allocations of stimulus funds compared to economic need, mapping of individual projects, descriptions of projects, project award amounts, and an indication that the information had been updated within the last month. Contractor information: available here.

For detailed scoring information, see the South Dakota appendix of Show Us the Stimulus.

Coordination & Oversight

Jason Dilges, Commisioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management, as well as South Dakota's Chief Financial Officer, will be overseeing the implementation of stimulus spending in the state. He was appointed Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management in 2002 and has worked in the office since 1995.

The South Dakota House has created a Stimulus Subcommittee to hold hearings around the ARRA implementation in the state.

Policy Debates

Gov. Mike Rounds has been a strong supporter of unemployment insurance reform. South Dakota was the first state to pass legislation reforming the state UI policy so that it could accept stimulus funds to extend assistance. The South Dakota Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council is still debating whether to accept UI funds for 2011. In order to qualify for an additional $11 million in 2011, the legislature must further expand unemployment benefits to include more low-wage workers.

The Governor announced in mid-April that meetings would be organized around the state to help unemployed workers. Technical colleges partnered with local Chambers of Commerce and the state Labor Department to organize these meetings.

County Education Superintendents have complained that the federal stimulus funds for education are being distributed disproportionately and leave out some districts completely. They point out that some more affluent suburban school districts will receive zero stimulus funds. Traditional Title 1 federal education funds are weighted to benefit school districts with more students on free or reduced lunch, and federal stimulus funds are even more targeted towards this population.

Last updated on: 25 August, 2009

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