State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Jobs


Daniel Ahlers: Invest in higher ed so workers can get degrees, skills

I'm committed to improving the lives of South Dakota's workers and their families. South Dakota has the highest percentage of dual income families in the nation. We need more skilled workers in South Dakota. We can accomplish this through increasing opportunities for citizens to obtain a higher ed degree. A fully funded needs-base scholarship will enable more South Dakotans to get a degree and meet these workforce needs.
Source: 2020 South Dakota Senate campaign website DanAhlers.com Dec 25, 2019

Kristi Noem: Keep right-to-work laws instead of labor unions

The Kristi Noem campaign issued a news release titled, "Unions Bet Big on Democrat Billie Sutton as Big Labor Works to Overturn Right to Work."

The news release said unions have contributed more than $10,000 to Sutton's campaign. The release also highlighted a tweet by the South Dakota Democratic Party that celebrated Tuesday's rejection of a so-called "right to work" law by voters in Missouri. The law would have banned compulsory union fees in that state.

South Dakota has a right-to-work law, which Noem supports. "That's why we're seeing out-of-state union heads investing thousands into Billie Sutton's campaign," the news release said. "He's their best bet to repeal the state's decades old right-to-work laws and force South Dakotans into labor unions they don't want to be a part of."

Source: Rapid City Journal on 2018 South Dakota gubernatorial race Aug 10, 2018

Billie Sutton: Exodus of talent is the price paid when offering low wages

We believe that hard work should be rewarded, but in many professional careers, our low wages prevent folks with years of schooling from realizing the benefits available elsewhere. Folks who spend the time and money to get bachelor's and master's degrees aren't getting the same return on investment as those with associate degrees. Billie recognizes that many highly educated students are leaving the state because they don't see the jobs or wages they need to build a strong and responsible future.
Source: 2018 South Dakota governor candidate website SuttonForSD.com May 2, 2018

Jay Williams: Time for the entire nation to get a raise

In 2014, South Dakotans voted for an increase in the minimum wage, because they know that people deserve to be fairly compensated for their work. Jay believes that it's time for the entire nation to get a raise, and he will fight for a minimum wage that is fair, just and livable.
Source: 2016 South Dakota Senate campaign web JayWilliams2016.org Apr 1, 2016

Jay Williams: Raise minimum wage to $12 and then $15

Dixon supports raising Social Security taxes on incomes above $150,000 and raising income tax rates on people earning more than $250,000 and thinks the federal minimum wage should be raised to perhaps $12, if not $15, an hour.

"People who make $250 million a year pay the same (income) tax rate as people who make $250,000," he said. "It's gotten very skewed. It doesn't hurt the wealthy to pay a little bit more."

Source: Capital Journal on 2016 South Dakota Senate race Mar 29, 2016

Dennis Daugaard: South Dakota WINS: a 20-point job training plan

Two years ago, I announced the South Dakota Workforce Initiatives, or "South Dakota WINS," a 20-point plan to get more South Dakotans trained and ready to work in a rapidly growing and changing South Dakota economy. South Dakota WINS included these categories of effort:
  1. Preparing our youth to live and work in the 21st Century. The state has strengthened SDMyLife, an online portal for students and parents to research career and academic options.
  2. Operation Reach All Veterans: a plan to meet every veteran in South Dakota and to offer assistance & local benefits.
  3. Our citizens with disabilities are too often overlooked by employers with job openings. I believe that in this world people with disabilities often develop higher levels of determination and accomplishment. We need to connect employers with employees who have disabilities because it makes good business sense.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 14, 2014

Dennis Daugaard: Assist disabled with employment; adversity builds character

According to a 2011 estimate, only 41% of working age individuals with a disability were employed in South Dakota--less than half the rate of those without a disability. I can't pretend that I understand all the obstacles that confront a person with disabilities, but I do feel a special appreciation for the disabled worker and for the employers who hire them. Both my parents were born deaf, and I witnessed the challenges they faced as they job hunted.

Good employers know that the most valuable worker is the one who works hard, is loyal, is honorable, and gives an honest day's work for an honest day's pay, whether that worker is disabled or not. These employers know that hiring people with disabilities is good business. They know that adversity builds character, and people with character are good employees.

In the past year, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation alone assisted over 900 people with disabilities to reach their employment goals.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 14, 2014

Dennis Daugaard: Help find jobs for those unemployed over 12 weeks

In May, the Department of Labor and Regulation instituted a new program to help those on unemployment for more than 12 weeks to find a job quickly.

The program requires participants to be actively searching for work, honing old skills or learning new o

Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address Jan 8, 2013

Dennis Daugaard: Dakota Roots: invite former South Dakotans back home to work

We redoubled our efforts to market Dakota Roots, a successful program to invite former South Dakotans back home to work. Through a focused campaign using social media, we had a record number of new job seekers enter the Dakota Roots program. Last year alone, this program brought 536 South Dakotans back home to take a job here.

We have also begun work on the New South Dakotans program, which partners with South Dakota companies to recruit skilled out-of-state workers into South Dakota. The program has gotten off to a slower start than I had hoped, but it is beginning to show results. So far, businesses from across South Dakota, 35 of them have enrolled in the program, listing over 250 job openings. They have successfully attracted 55 out-of-state workers, to accept hard-to-fill positions that we couldn't fill after thirty days in South Dakota. I'm hopeful that as more businesses use the program, the success will grow.

Source: South Dakota 2013 State of the State Address Jan 8, 2013

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