Billie Sutton

Senator Billie Sutton Shows Record of Consistent Common Sense Over 8 Years in the State Senate

BURKE–– This week, Senator Sutton released “Consistent Common Sense: From the Senate to South Dakota’s Highest Office,” a document outlining his legislative priorities over his eight years in the South Dakota State Senate.

Senator Sutton said, “I’ve talked to folks all over the state, and having a government they can trust, a good economy, strong schools, and access to healthcare are as important to them as ever. I’m proud of the work I’ve accomplished in the Senate and look forward to continuing to build a stronger South Dakota for all of us.”

Sutton summarized his accomplishments, proposals, and major efforts into four categories:

Government Integrity: Sutton has worked tirelessly to ensure our government is one South Dakotans can trust. South Dakota ranked 47th and received an F rating when the Center for Public Integrity graded the integrity of our state government, but Senator Sutton has introduced several measures to begin to remedy South Dakota’s accountability and transparency problems.

Economic and Workforce Development: Another of Sutton’s focuses has been making sure South Dakota is doing all we can as a state to invest in our people and attract good jobs for South Dakota families. He’s made his top priorities clear with plans for career and training programs, affordable housing, and smart economic investments.

Education: One of the first issues to draw Senator Sutton into public service was education, and it’s always been an issue he cares deeply about. He served on the Blue Ribbon Task-Force to get teachers’ pay more competitive in the region and has worked to study the need for early childhood education in the state.

Healthcare: Access to healthcare continues to be a concentration of Sutton’s, and he’s worked over the years to keep rural hospitals open, support our nursing homes, and attract healthcare professionals to work here.

Learn more about Senator Sutton’s record by reviewing the “Consistent Common Sense: From the Senate to South Dakota’s Highest Office” document found here: www.suttonforsd.com/senator-suttons-track-record

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Sutton Champions Early Childhood Education with Broad Support from Education and Religious Community

PIERRE, S.D — Senator Billie Sutton—a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor—issued the following statement regarding committee action taken on legislation he proposed to establish an Early Learning Advisory Council to explore the needs and economic benefits of early childhood education in South Dakota:

“One of our state’s strongest needs is improving our workforce and economic condition. My day job is in investments, and early childhood education has proven to be a great investment with an estimated $7-$13 economic gain for every $1 invested. In a state where 76% of families have two parents working outside the home, quality preschool is also a real dollars and cents issue for families struggling to balance the financial demands of life and raising children.

Yet, over half of South Dakota’s three and four year-olds go without early learning. That is why I proposed bipartisan legislation—with 25 other legislative co-sponsors and support from nine other citizens and education and religious groups—to create a council to study early childhood education and assess the needs in South Dakota.

Despite South Dakota is one of only five states in the nation without an Early Learning Advisory Council and despite compelling testimony about the economic and social benefits realized through early learning, the political status-quo in Pierre rejected the chance to study the needs and benefits of early education. I am disappointed South Dakota once again missed an opportunity to strengthen our workforce through the higher employability and earning potential that accompanies early learning, but I remain committed to advancing the needs of our families, children, and future of South Dakota.”

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Sutton Advocates for Workforce Development Opportunities in South Dakota Schools

Senator Billie Sutton—a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor—issued the following statement regarding action taken on legislation he proposed to promote workforce development opportunities in South Dakota schools through a collaborative career and technical education program:

Workforce development is essential to the success of South Dakota’s economy and our students. That is why I proposed an innovative education consortium with bi-partisan support that provides creative ways for school districts to offer more career and technical education opportunities to our state’s students – even in rural communities that may otherwise lack the ability to offer wide-ranging options to students. Every community across South Dakota is key to meeting the demands of our state’s workforce, and it is unfortunate that we have once again missed an opportunity to improve the strength of our economy and our people.

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Sutton Fights for Legislation to Strengthen the Economy and Middle Class Families

PIERRE, S.D —

Senator Billie Sutton– a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor– issued the following statement regarding action taken on bills he proposed to promote economic development and housing through Building South Dakota and needs-based educational assistance:

Economic development and growing our economy for all South Dakotans is a top priority of mine this Legislative Session. That is why it was disappointing today that the Appropriations committee rejected legislation I proposed to make targeted, strategic investments to grow South Dakota’s economy and middle class.

In my work as a financial professional at a small community bank, I know that strategic investments like needs-based scholarships for those looking to continue their education and fulfill the demands of the workforce, improving affordable housing opportunities, and bolstering economic development through Building South Dakota would have positively impacted our families and business communities in both rural and urban South Dakota.

In spite of today’s missed opportunities, I will continue to fight for a state government that prioritizes the needs of our families, our communities, and the well-being of our economy.

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SUTTON WANTS SUN TO SHINE ON GOVERNMENT

PIERRE, S.D — Senator Billie Sutton rallied lawmakers this week to support his efforts for open and honest government in South Dakota.

“We’ve all seen the darker side of government in our beautiful state,” said Sutton. “Most recently it showed itself in the sad tragedies and scandals of Gear-Up and EB-5.”

In a legislative package to restore Integrity in Government and Campaigns Sutton introduced three measures to add more sunshine and transparency to government and political life:

—    Senate Bill 133 requires that politicians and government officials save fiscal records for at least 10 years. In the Gear-Up scandal, some records were unavailable because records were only retained for five years and the problems began more than five years before the issue came to light.

—    Senate Bill 129 restores campaign finance reforms that were passed by voters in 2016 but then killed by the legislature in 2017.

—    Senate Bill 192 opens state government calendars, logs, working papers and emails to the public, the latter of which has already been done in a large majority of states.

Sutton’s proposals are the latest in a longtime quest for open government. “Government should be as honest, forthright, and accountable as the good people of our state,” he said. “And many people in state government are. But, the latest scandals are proof that South Dakota needs stronger open government laws.”

The senator, who grew up on a Gregory County ranch and today raises cattle with his family and works at a local community bank, said that, “South Dakotan’s have lost a lot of trust in government.  It is time that we take steps to earn that trust back.”

Sutton said people have grown weary of the tired excuse that every new scandal is a one-time anomaly. “That approach leaves us vulnerable to the next wrongdoer, and the next. Sunshine laws and campaign reforms can prevent these messes from happening again.”

Sutton acknowledged that his reforms face an uphill fight in the current legislature. In fact, SB 129 and SB 192 were killed in committee today by current state leadership.

“Change never comes easy,” said Sutton after the vote. “But I am not discouraged. South Dakotans deserve a government as open and honest as the rest of our state, and I will continue to fight for that as your Governor.”

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South DaCola Podcast Ep 012 2018 Predictions with Scott Hudson

South DaCola Podcast Ep 012 2018 Predictions with Scott Hudson

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host (Absent).

Special Guest Scott Hudson host of The Ledge, Big Brother Gossip, and Day Drinking With Scott & Colette Podcasts.  

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Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

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Senator Billie Sutton Outlines 2018 Legislative Agenda

PIERRE, S.D. – As the South Dakota Legislature convenes today, State Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton of Burke, begins his 8th year in the State Senate.

Senator Billie Sutton, a rancher, financial professional, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor, issued the following statement outlining his priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.

Government accountability is a topic I hear about from constituents and people across the state. Folks are concerned about how much of their tax dollars are being squandered through government corruption and mismanagement. To address these concerns, I am bringing two packages of bills to restore “Integrity in Government” and “Integrity in Campaigns.” These bills will help ensure our government has adequate oversight, transparency, and accountability by providing public access to additional government records, requiring additional retention of government fiscal records so we can determine if taxpayer money has been spent wisely—not misdirected or steered to political insiders for personal gain—and restoring voter-approved campaign finance limits to help combat the influence of money in politics.

Economic development and growing our economy is another top priority of mine this Legislative Session.  As many are feeling firsthand, ag income and non-farm income are both struggling in South Dakota. Housing starts are falling behind, and unemployment has risen. In tough times, we must prioritize making strategic investments that improve the economy and help South Dakota families working hard but barely getting by. I will be bringing legislation to make smart investments in skills and job training programs in our schools; to offer needs-based scholarships for those looking to advance their careers; to support early childhood education; and to improve affordable housing options in the state through Building South Dakota. All of these policies will improve the economic condition of South Dakota families and the South Dakota economy for all of us.

Finally, we all share the value of living within our means and balancing our budget responsibly. As a member of the appropriations committee that handles the budget, I know firsthand that we can cut unnecessary spending while still making the necessary investments that will grow our economy and strengthen our state and its people.

I look forward to, once again, working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finish the work South Dakota voters sent us to Pierre to get done. The priorities I am fighting for this Legislative Session will help build a stronger South Dakota for you and your family.

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Senator Billie Sutton Responds to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

BURKE, S.D. – State Senator Billie Sutton, candidate for Governor and member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement in response to yesterday’s Budget Address by current South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard:

South Dakotans know the importance of living within our means and balancing our budget responsibly. As a state legislator and member of the appropriations committee, I know first hand how to cut unnecessary spending while also making the necessary investments that will grow our economy. We must live within our means, but unfortunately yesterday’s Budget Address lacked a plan or vision to improve the anemic economic condition in South Dakota.

Ag income and non-farm income are both struggling in South Dakota. Housing starts are falling behind, and unemployment has risen. In tough times, we must prioritize to make strategic investments that improve the economy. Strategic investments like our children’s education, public/private partnerships for early childhood education, needs-based scholarship opportunities, job training programs for those looking to advance their careers, improving housing opportunities, increasing salaries and wages, and improving healthcare access will all positively impact the economy throughout the state.

We also need to ensure tax payer dollars are being spent wisely, not mismanaged or steered to political insiders for personal gain. With the corruption we have seen in state government, more must be done to ensure government funds are properly administered, accounted for, and transparent to the people.

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Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 – No Thanks No Giving

Episode 14 of The Urban Indianz Podcast: “No Thanks, No Giving,” today we talked about the recent oil spill of the Keystone Pipeline as well Native American’s history with Thanksgiving and what it means to us today. We were joined by special guests Taralyn Blue and Art To Art featured comedian Zach Dresch. We closed the show with this week’s Native Hip Hop Spotlight (Kilo Trackz)’s “All I Can Do.”

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 - No Thanks No Giving

Urban Indianz Podcast Episode 014 – No Thanks No Giving

Urban Indianz Podcast: Gabriel Night Shield, Char Green, Kat Stands, Levi Hansen

Guest: Taralyn Blue

Art2Art: Comedian Zach Dresch

Produced By Robert Mehling

Music Spotlight:  Kilo Trackz With All I Can Do

 

 

Links

Oil Spill

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/16/564705368/keystone-pipeline-oil-spill-reported-in-south-dakota

 

Butterball Hotline

http://www.butterball.com/turkey-talk-line

 

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Sioux Empire Podcast 087 – All About Dan Bublitz Jr.


This podcast contains adult content, listener discretion advised.
This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, Seth Glover) talks with Sioux Falls Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr. about his career and the comedy scene in Sioux Falls.  We hear about growing up in Huron South Dakota, deciding to start comedy, Poetry, and much more.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast studio is apparently haunted by Beatniks… BEATNIKS!

Dan Bublitz Jr.

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The Cloud Lounge Mixed Tape Open Mic:

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Sioux Empire Comedy

https://www.facebook.com/siouxempirecomedy/

Billie Sutton

https://www.suttonforsd.com/

Argus Leader

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http://www.southdacola.com/blog/

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