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Survey Suggests Midwest Economy Losing Steam

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is losing steam. The Rural Mainstreet Index dropped below growth neutral in the February survey, hitting 48.4, compared with 50.8 in January and 56.1 in December. The survey indexes range from 0 to...
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SD Senator Gives Up on Health Care Regulation Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota senator has asked a committee to defeat a bill he drafted to regulate the “navigators” who help sign up people for insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act. Sen. Al Novstrup says he talked to stake holders and could not find a compromise. The bill would have...
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SD Panel Kills Bill Easing Video Lottery Reliance

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill intended to wean South Dakota government off video lottery revenue has failed to pass the House Taxation Committee. The panel voted 9-4 to kill the measure. It would essentially have created an endowment fund for the state over the next 10 to 20 years. Supporters of the measure...
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SD Lawmaker’s Food Sales Tax Bill Fails Again

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A retiring South Dakota legislator has lost an eight-year fight for a measure to remove the sales tax on food. The House Taxation Committee voted 9-4 to kill the bill. Democratic Rep. Marc Feinstein of Sioux Falls says he’s worked to remove the sales tax on food during all four...
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