The 2013 legislative session kicks off in Pierre today. Governor Daugaard gave his state of the state speech to address sever issues affecting the state. The governor spoke a lot about stewardship and leading the state in the right direction. He compared us to the federal government and even other states and says we are better off. He spoke of himself and the legislators and said as good stewards they need to act carefully and responsibly. Governor Daugaard has his eyes on the long-term future of South Dakota -- for the next generation.
Governor Daugaard says the previous budget cuts put the state on a solid foundation - just like the new floor in the capitol.
"I'm strongly committed to maintaining that structural balance. Some states are still struggling to achieve balance." Said the Governor. He says South Dakota continues to grow while other states struggle.
"The small business entrepreneurship council put south Dakota number one on its business policy index based on 46 factors. the Dow Jones weekly newspaper barons named South Dakota the best run state in America for our sound financial management." Said the Governor.
Daugaard believes the commitment to economic development has paid off
"We're seeing a resurgence of the financial services industry in Sioux Falls, capital one added 400 new jobs in 2012. Twin city federal created still another 200. We are also welcoming new companies that will service the oil and gas sector in the west."
The governor says the state is doing well could do better in some areas - with the better government initiative.
"Better government aims for less regulation, more openness and more efficiency."
One issue which caught the attention of many legislators is the Governors commitment to the growing incarceration problem in South Dakota.
"Prison is an expensive place to change offender behavior. And studies have shown that prison is not an effective place to treat those with drug, alcohol or mental health issues" Said Daugaard.
With his proposed legislation to solve the incarceration problem - making government work better for the people of the state as well as business - and keeping us on solid financial ground.
Overall - the governor is optimistic about overcoming any adversity the state faces. And he ended his speech with a resounding "let's get to work."
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