The Snow Queen graces her provincial subjects with gold from Good King Donald:
Governor Kristi Noem is unveiling the Local Government Covid Recovery Fund.
Cities and counties across the state will split $200 million. That’s about 15 percent of South Dakota’s $1.25 billion total from the CARES Act.
Census data will determine how much each community receives.
Noem says reimbursements will follow treasury department guidance [Lee Strubinger, “Local Governments to Dip into Federal CARES Act Dollars,” SDPB, 2020.06.22].
Governor Noem is still trying to keep the lioness’s share of the federal coronavirus money in her hands to paper over her own poor budgeting and pay her kids’ salaries. Yet incredibly, Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken, who was among numerous local officials calling on Noem two months ago to make those CARES dollars available, and whom Queen Noem summoned to stand hunkily at her side as she announced her largesse, is now joining Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead in saying they don’t want a tub of money to help their people:
Both Mayor Paul TenHaken and Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead say it is likely the city and county won’t receive the allocated amounts. That’s because they have carefully tracked coronavirus related expenses and don’t want–or expect–a windfall of money from the state [Todd Epp, “Sioux Falls Eligible for up to $41.5 Million in State Coronavirus Funds,” KELO Radio, 2020.06.22].
Are you kidding me, Mayor Paul? George Mickelson said if it’s only gonna rain once, get out your bucket. I’m willing to bet you and other local officials will use that CARES money more practically and less corruptly than Noem will, and the law was designed to help governments take serious action to help their citizens, not become Fox-Barbie’s slush fund. Take the money! Take all you can get! Get the money out of Pierre and put it to good use for your residents!