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Daugaard praises strong economic times in South Dakota

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For the fourth year, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2014 Legislative Session with his State of the State Address in Pierre Tuesday.

After a lengthy standing ovation, Governor Daugaard praised South Dakota as the best state in the nation.

South Dakota ranks highest among cheapest places to live, best places for business, and personal income growth. While the state also made that list in unemployment rate, being the second lowest in the nation, the governor says that makes it difficult for employers to add jobs.

Daugaard believes training more people in healthcare professions, keeping creative minds in South Dakota, and tax reforms will help create more jobs.

"Whether in manufacturing, finance, agriculture, or elsewhere, this strong economic growth is due to the hard work of the employers and employees of many companies," said Daugaard. "And the wise decisions you have made to preserve a strong business climate."

State Representative Mike Verchio of Hill City credits the governor as a strong leader, and says that will help make for a very productive legislative session.

"The best thing about working with him to me is that his programs are not 'thee' programs," said Verchio. "They're his suggestions and he really works very well with us."

In a continuing effort to create jobs, Governor Daugaard will visit various communities throughout the state this year to hold work force summits, they will start in the Spring.

Daugaard admits that his plan to use a company to recruit workers from outside the state has not worked out well. But he says other efforts will be made to attract people for critically needed jobs in South Dakota.

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