Fiscal quiz! Can you find the error in the following paragraph from Sara Bertsch’s profile of new Governor’s Office of Economic Development chief Scott Stern?
The biggest priority for the GOED office right now, Scheibe said, is to look at what the plans for 2017. The GOED staff, which has about 35 employees Pierre, Sioux Falls and Rapid City, will work to recruit new businesses to the state and with existing ones in terms of expansion, adding new products and new jobs.
“That’s really kind of mission No. 1 is working effectively to support the business community,” Scheibe said [Sara Bertsch, “Freeman Native Brings Experience, New Perspective to GOED,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2016.11.05].
You have 30 seconds…
The response, properly phrased as a question, is, What are 35 people doing working in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development?
Also acceptable: Why are we spending public dollars to employ 35 government employees to do things that conservative South Dakotans would probably say can be handled by the free market, without government interference?
One more option: Is South Dakota’s economy so dysfunctional that we need a dozen bureaucrats in our capital and in each of our two biggest cities begging businesses to come and stay?