Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2014 legislative session with a pat on the back to South Dakota. State lawmakers have their own agenda to keep the state moving forward.
"Only 15 states have recovered all the jobs those states lost in the recession. South Dakota is one of them. Today, South Dakota has 10,000 more jobs than we did before the recession," said Daugaard.
The Governor has several plans to build a better workforce in the state to keep our economy strong.
"These scholarships of up to $5,000 for two-year programs will be awarded to students who agree to stay in South Dakota and work in a high yield field for three years."
Much of the start of the legislative session focused on growing the state's workforce with one of our best resources - educated South Dakotans.
"One thing that's very important, especially to us in the Sioux Empire area, is the technical education, the institutes, the CTE programs. Because, those programs provide skilled labor force in areas of need," said Rep. Don Haggar.
Added Governor Daugaard, "Healthcare providers who were raised in South Dakota educated in South Dakota and on the job trained in South Dakota are more likely to stay in South Dakota. We have to work even harder to make that happen for rural areas."
Said Rep. Paula Hawks, "Expanding workforce in South Dakota means starting where our workforce starts, and some of that is Pre-K education, some of that is pre-natal care, some of that is just expanding out opportunities in K-12 education and secondary education. But, we really need to start where those kids start."
Governor Daugaard called the first day of the session a day to celebrate our success and for state lawmakers a day to get to work.