SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s pledge to reduce infant mortality in South Dakota faces a challenge because of a federal decision to stop funding a state program that provides child car seats to needy families.
The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has told state officials it will stop paying for the car-seat program on Sept. 30.
The state last year distributed 3,300 car seats and booster seats through the program.
But Daugaard and state Social Services Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon say they will find other money from private or public sources to continue distributing the child seats.
Malsam-Rysdon says officials are committed to finding money to replace the roughly $386,000 spend on the program each year.
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