President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking South Dakota a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of South Dakota care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in South Dakota has dropped: 3.5% to 2.8%. Our nation now has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 41,400 new jobs created in South Dakota under President Clintonmore than during the previous four years; 10.5 million jobs created nationally. Because President Clinton signed the minimum wage increase, 13,000 workers in South Dakota received a pay raise. Over the next two years 32,000 workers in South Dakota will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 88,000 workers in South Dakotaallowing them 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, the number of people on welfare is declining. In South Dakota alone, 4,284 fewer people are on welfare and 5,784 fewer people are on food stamps. Tougher child support enforcement collects nearly $9 million more -- an increase of 56% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 124,600 students in South Dakota can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 2,2025 students benefited from Head Start funding and South Dakota will receive over $3 million in funding for the Goals 2000 academic achievement program. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every South Dakota family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 39,000 working families in South Dakota and 15 million working families nationwide. President Clinton provided over 3,970 South Dakota small businesses with a tax cut this year by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 173 police officers to South Dakotas streets and over $750,000 to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest declines in three decades. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 24,000 workers in South Dakota for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage. In South Dakota, as many as 47,000 citizens in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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