South Dakota has always been a handshake state.
That is something of which most of us are and have been proud. We assume honesty, and a handshake is a person’s word.
But the world has changed, and so have South Dakotans.
We have felt the pain of being burned at the state government level. There was the former South Dakota cabinet member who was about to be criminally charged, but died from suicide. That was part of the fallout from an investigation into South Dakota’s EB-5 program, in which immigrants would be able to invest in U.S. projects in return for green cards.
With a court case pending, we have yet to hear the last of the state’s EB-5 program.
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