In the middle of a long chat this week with a conservative national propagandist podcast (wait—in the midst of a statewide emergency, Governor Kristi Noem has time to talk to that remote audience? why?), South Dakota’s chief executive reminds everyone that even in normal times, South Dakota’s a hard place to make a living:
…We have a very high rate of working individuals in the state of South Dakota. In fact, we have the highest rate of working moms in the nation. Our people here work very hard and they don’t make a lot of money. They work in those service jobs. They are the ones who grow our food that the rest of the nation depends on. They’re the ones who get up every day, and both mom and dad in the household work if that household has two parents in it, just to pay the bills.
So those are the people that are being extremely challenged right now. And for them it doesn’t take more than two or three weeks for them to recognize that everything they’ve worked for for years is swiftly running through their fingers… [Governor Kristi Noem, in Ben Domenech, “Interview: Gov. Kristi Noem Wants to Protect Liberty and Public Health in South Dakota,” The Federalist, 2020.04.16].
Maybe it somehow plays to the right-wing Trump base to tell them that South Dakota stiffs labor… but it doesn’t inspire much confidence among laboring South Dakota moms and dads.