South Dakota Democratic Party chair Ann Tornberg is reveling in the opportunity to remind Governor Dennis Daugaard that he said at the beginning of the Legislative Session that changing the minimum wage law approved by initiative in the 2014 election would “affront” the voters. Chair Tornberg says the Governor’s comment shows that he should veto the youth minimum wage the Legislature has passed to help certain members save money on child labor.
For the record, let’s recall the full context of Governor Daugaard’s reported remarks:
Gov. Dennis Daugaard told members of the South Dakota Retailers Association on Monday he personally would not bring forward any proposed changes to the new minimum wage law passed by South Dakota voters as a ballot measure in November, but said he wouldn’t be surprised if some legislators did.
…Changing the law “would be a little bit of an affront to the voters who just adopted it,” Daugaard said, even though he opposed the measure. “I voted against it. I know many of you opposed it,” the governor said, speaking to members at the SDRA annual meeting held in Pierre at the Ramkota River Centre.
“On the other hand, people will say, ‘Well, maybe they (South Dakota voters) didn’t understand the inflation clause … so certainly you can offer reasonable arguments to refute what I just said,” Daugaard said [Sid Pranke, “Gov. Daugaard: Changing Minimum Wage Law Would Be ‘Affront’ to Voters,” Pierre Capitol Journal, 2015.01.12].
Governor Daugaard left himself some wiggle room there. But keep calling and keep e-mailing the Second Floor to let the Governor know we voters think his wiggle room is darn thin.