Column: Prioritizing the Human Economy
PIERRE - It is admirable to see the Governor and legislators from both parties setting up sound policy that will prioritize human beings in the lean times and hopefully prevent more damaging cuts like those from two years ago.
Column: Domestic Violence Debate is Abusively Stupid
PIERRE - South Dakota lawmakers found themselves unable to agree on a bill that would update and clarify domestic violence policy.
Column: Senate Unwilling to Approve ‘Any Willing Provider’
PIERRE - After passing the house, the bill to force insurers to accept free patient choice in healthcare providers was voted down resoundingly in the South Dakota Senate.
Real Estate Recovery Bodes Well for Sioux Falls Economy
SIOUX FALLS - Real Estate development in the Sioux Falls area underwent a significant increase last year and stands to do even better in 2013. A recovery in the construction sector is seen as a welcome indicator of a strengthening economy overall.
Column: Both Sides Are Not Equally to Blame
WASHINGTON - Even a cursory look at the facts demonstrates that the Republicans are responsible for this manufactured sequester crisis, and your media outlets are doing you a disservice by pretending otherwise.
Column: Hiding from Transparency
PIERRE - State legislators can’t agree about how much access you should have to the goings on of local government committee meetings.
Column: Media, Myths, and the Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON - Right-wingers like to convince themselves that something is true then repeat it ad nauseum hoping that the rest of us will come to believe it as well. Surprisingly, they have had some success with this strategy.
Column: Uncertainty Surrounds South Dakota Budget Plan
PIERRE - There is a good deal of uncertainty surrounding the South Dakota budget at the moment. What is making the job atypical is that no one knows how much to count on coming from Washington.
Allowing Mentally Ill to Have Guns is Crazy
PIERRE - The South Dakota House of Representatives has decided to continue with the state policy of defying federal gun law.
Facebook Takes Advantage Multi-million Dollar Tax Breaks
MENLO PARK, Calif. - Facebook has released its tax information and despite the fact that it made over a billion dollars in profits last year, the company won’t be paying any taxes, but will instead be collecting a $429 million refund.