During the last six years, we’ve seen the executive branch involved in accusing a conservative legislator of threatening to kill other legislators to ruin his reputation for complaining about corruption; conservative legislators being taken off committees to grease passage of illegal omnibus bills that have caused our crime rates to skyrocket; former Secretary of Economic Development dead in the middle of EB5 corruption; the six-member Westerhuis family dead in the middle of corruption; and a concerted cover-up of an establishment legislator sexually preying on pages and interns for two years. All the while, our governor claims our state government is good stewards, that there is no corruption and voters were duped into passing anti-corruption IM 22.
Last year, the con was pushed that South Dakota did not yet again have enough money in our $4.5 billion budget to cover our core infrastructure items. We all pay our taxes for education. The year before, they pushed to raise taxes, claiming there wasn’t enough money for roads. Even as these cons were being pushed, tens of millions of dollars were directed out of the budget into “economic development” accounts.
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