I suppose we shouldn’t worry too much about Governor Kristi Noem’s nepotism. She’s making sure we can afford her well-paid kin by keeping the state’s permanent employee count lower than Governor Dennis Daugaard did:
For Pay Period #11 of this fiscal year, it looks like Governor Noem has about 20 fewer permanent state employees than Governor Daugaard heading into the final days of his Administration. That’s a difference of 0.3% from last year’s PP11 count and 1.3% from the FY2017 count. The only time Noem has had a bigger permanent state workforce than Daugaard appears to be in May and June, when her count jigged a little higher than the FY2016 count.
That graph thus still gives Noem room to hire her other daughter, her son, her mom, and her brothers (not that they’d want to give up their current more lucrative government gig) and not have anyone watching overall state employment notice.