Chris Schilken

Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, speaks on the Senate floor on Jan. 16, 2024. (Makenzie Huber/South Dakota Searchlight)

Fund controlled by governor may soon require legislative oversight

BY: - February 20, 2024

Responding to recent controversy about a fund controlled exclusively by the Governor’s Office, a committee of lawmakers endorsed a bill Tuesday that would require greater oversight of the spending.  “I think this is a good attempt to respond to a concern that’s out there,” said Sen. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown. The South Dakota Senate Commerce and […]

Governor's Office of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Schilken testifies to the Legislature's Executive Board on Jan. 8, 2024, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Lawmakers slam uses of fund controlled by governor, but panel rejects reduction in revenue

BY: - February 8, 2024

Lawmakers grilled a representative of the Governor’s Office about a fund controlled by the governor, but a legislative committee rejected a bill Thursday at the Capitol in Pierre that would have reduced the money flowing to the fund. The topic was the Future Fund, which draws revenue from a tax on employers. Sen. Brent Hoffman, […]

Nate Welch, former marketing director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, testifies before the Legislature's Executive Board on Jan. 8, 2024, at the Capitol in Pierre. (Joshua Haiar/South Dakota Searchlight)

Former official: Politically connected firm was ‘obvious’ favorite for Noem ad campaign

BY: - January 8, 2024

PIERRE — A former Noem administration employee told legislators Monday that a politically connected, out-of-state marketing firm seemed predestined for selection to carry out a state advertising campaign. “It was pretty obvious that was who we would be selecting at the end of this,” said Nate Welch. He was marketing director for the Governor’s Office […]