On Tuesday, December 2, FHA Executive Director Dale Bartscher, accompanied by FHA Staff Norman Woods and FHA Board Member and Representative Scott Craig, made their way to Pierre for the SD Governor’s Budget Address. It was also a wonderful opportunity for FHA Lobbyists Bartscher and Woods to interact with the many returning and new SD Legislators like Representative ‘Elect’ Jeff Partridge of Rapid City pictured here with Dale.
As you’ll quickly notice, by the attached photos, it is also “Christmas At The Capitol”. Dozens and dozens of trees grace the hall ways of our State Capitol and each with a story to tell. If you haven’t see this amazing scene then why not take a trip to Pierre in the next three weeks and visit YOUR HOUSE — the SD State Capitol.
The House Gallery was PACKED as people from across the state gathered to hear the Governor’s thoughts on his proposed budget which must now be considered for a vote by the SD State Legislature. FHA Action was in attendance because this proposed state budget is a ‘Family Value’ effecting every South Dakotan in either a positive or negative way. The Governor made it clear that, compared to the rest of the Country, South Dakota is in a very good financial condition. He very methodically walked through the projected income and expenses we may well see in the coming year. When all was said and done (after an hour and 20 minute address) he shared, “This is A plan and not THE plan but I hope you will find this to be the BEST plan!” Well, we’ll see come January 13 when the 2015 SD State Legislature gavels into session.
Remember: Stay tuned to FHAaction.org during the 2015 Legislative Session as we review those bills and/or resolutions — the good, the bad and the ugly. This is your source of legislative information from January 13 to March 30, 2015.