If you listen to the governor's chief of staff, you would think South Dakotans never have been more pleased with how state government has been operating.
In fact, when Tony Venhuizen was informed that South Dakota received a grade of “F” from the State Integrity Investigation that examines government transparency and accountability in all 50 states, he pointed to a poll to dispute the results of the study.
“According to Gallup, South Dakotans’ trust in their state government is among the highest in the nation, and the state has very little corruption,” he told a reporter.
It was a sentiment echoed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who said the study has no credibility.
It appears, though, that many residents do not necessarily agree with that assessment, and one only has to look at what happened recently for confirmation.
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