One moment, the state Republican Party bombs mailboxes in Aberdeen portraying me as a tax-and-spend tyrant. The next, one of their gubernatorial candidates cites me as proof that Amendment R is a good idea:
— KELO (@keloradio) October 24, 2016
Rep. G. Mark Mickelson (R-13/Sioux Falls) evidently told Greg Belfrage and KELO Radio listeners this morning that my agreement with Governor Dennis Daugaard on Amendment R shows that the vo-tech governance proposal is a non-partisan issue. I agree that R is not a Republican or Democratic issue; it simply cleans up legal language to prevent fifty years of unconstitutional management of the vo-tech schools outside of the Board of Regents from blowing up into a lawsuit. I look forward to working with Rep. Mickelson’s replacements in Pierre, Ellee Spawn and P. James Eckhoff, to figure who should run the vo-techs.
I disagree with Rep. Mickelson’s description of the Governor’s points of ballot-measure agreement with me as “not many.” If the Governor still holds to his lazy “No on everything but R” position, then he and I are voting the same on R, S, U, 19, and 20. That’s five out of ten! Imagine the collaboration and compromise we’ll be able to hammer out in Pierre!
And I promise: whatever compromise we work out to govern the vo-techs, I will not support raising taxes to do so.