The only good thing Governor Dennis Daugaard seems to have said so far about the Republican Senate wealthcare bill is that it “might be the only way that we will ever get control of spending.” That assumes, of course, that you read “get control of spending” as “shift costs to states, counties, and sick, poor, old, and female people.”
But Governor Daugaard is happy to get control of $3.4 million in Community Development Block Grant money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build small-town water and wastewater systems:
“CDBG funds assist projects that improve living conditions for our state’s residents,” said Gov. Daugaard. “These six grants are in addition to eight other grants awarded in December. Because we have so many community-minded leaders who continue to prove their commitment to their towns and cities, we’ve now awarded more than $6 million for projects totaling more than $23 million, and that’s something I think we can all be proud of.”
The CDBG awards include the following:
- The city of Blunt will use a $515,000 grant to make improvements to the city’s wastewater infrastructure and treatment lagoons.
- The city of Faith was approved for a $515,000 grant to upgrade its wastewater system.
- The city of Lake Andes was approved for a $750,000 grant to upgrade the city’s wastewater system.
- The town of Langford will use a $565,000 grant for construction of a new drinking water storage system and increase the capacity of the city’s water infrastructure.
- The city of Newell was approved for a $324,370 grant to assist with replacing the city’s water mains.
- The city of Veblen will use a $765,000 grant to make improvements to its wastewater infrastructure and collection ponds [Governor Dennis Daugaard, press release, 2017.06.22].
Community Development Block Grants would go away under the Trump budget, because spending $2.994 billion on things like water pipes in Faith and Newell is “poorly targeted,” “outdated,” “has not demonstrated results,” and should be done by state and local governments instead (see page 49).
Hmmm… by that budget rationale, the White House is saying that Governor Daugaard is mistaken when he claims these Community Development Block Grants “assist projects that improve living conditions.” Perhaps Governor Daugaard will recant and admit that those billions of dollars will do more to improve the living conditions of Trump’s rich friends via tax breaks.