Governor Kristi Noem had to play games with her measly million dollars for pheasant habitat just to keep from breaking her first budget. How does she plan to balance next year’s budget to rebuild all the roads this winter has destroyed?
Estimates of twenty to twenty-five million dollars in damages in Yankton County will go higher.
Commission Chairman Dan Klimisch says they anticipate finding more damage after last week’s snow [“Yankton County Damage Adding Up,” WNAX Radio, 2019.04.15].
That’s $25 million in just one county; we’ve got 66 counties with roads torn all to heck. All of Kristi’s proclamations and prayers won’t fill those potholes or repack that gravel. Will she let the counties starve, or will she get serious and direct some revenue toward maintaining the infrastructure essential to whatever Next Big Economic Thing she’s still trying to think up?