We can say one good thing about Mayor Mike Huether’s inaction on free rides for young people on Sioux Falls buses this summer: at least he didn’t block the plan. Refusing to sign the city council’s resolution delayed the plan for a week, but Sioux Falls kids will be able to bus around town for free starting June 26, just as Augie students did in a successful pilot program this past school year.
Beyond that, Huether gets no love from the blogosphere. Scott Ehrisman hears Huether’s excuse that the council acted too quickly and rightly roasts Hizzoner for His-pocrisy:
This coming from the guy that has ram-rodded every project he was for, like the indoor aquatic center that has to be built with cash because no bonding company will give a bond for a building being built on land with a quit claim deed. Let’s talk ‘Due Dilligence’ [Scott Ehrisman, “Mayor Huether Refuses to Sign FREE Youth Transit Resolution,” South Dacola, 2015.06.04].
Pat Powers jumps on the Huether-pocrisy bandwagon, not because Powers is particularly concerned about helping kids get around town safely, but because it gives him another chance to berate a Democrat. Powers’s tiresome partisanship becomes amusing when we look at what he’s really criticizing the mayor for. Powers seems to agree with the independent Ehrisman and Democrat me that Mayor Huether’s ego-trip ad campaign was a slushy payment to private vendors for work the private sector could have done on its own. Powers seems to agree with Ehrisman and me that not signing off on free summer bus rides for kids makes the mayor look like a jerk.
Hmm… handouts to companies but no help for kids. Seems to me Pat is criticizing Democrat Huether for acting like a Republican.
And so am I. Isn’t it nice that we can all agree?