Remember how back in September the state Board of Economic Development rejected Triple H Wind Farm’s request for a sales tax kickback? Just kidding—Merry Christmas!
The state board on Wednesday went into closed executive session to go through matters. The votes in open session afterward were unanimous and without discussion.
The board approved a reinvestment payment for Triple H Wind Project LLC of up to $4,828,058 — 50-percent of the state sales and use taxes paid on eligible costs — for a wind farm in Hyde County.
The company, based in Houston, Texas, will receive the payment. The board had voted 8-3 in September to reject an application from Triple H after the Governor’s Office of Economic Development staff recommended a denial [Bob Mercer, “Despite Tight State Funds, S.D. Projects Get Millions of Dollars in Sales-Tax Rebates,” KELO-TV, 2019.12.12].
The Board of Economic Development yesterday authorized another $2,966,507 in kickbacks to Houston-based Tatanka Ridge Wind. The BED also handed out to more CAFO bribes: $1,302,278 for Minnesota-based Riverview LLP to convey to Clark County and $217,926 for Leaning Oak to surrender to Spink County for pleasure of stinking up the countryside and potholing the roads.
That’s $9,314,769 handed out in one meeting to mostly wealthy corporations who would have built their projects with or without our tax breaks and county bribes while our Governor says we don’t have the money to give thousands of teachers or state employees cost-of-living salary increases.