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Kennedy and Kyle Get 2% Raises, Just Like State Employees Not Related to Governor

The beneficiaries of Governor Kristi Noem’s nepotism have gotten their 2% raises, just like everyone else on the state payroll.

The Governor’s daughter Kennedy Noem, so far a career government employee, saw her annual pay for analyzing policy increase yesterday from $57,912 to $59,070.75.

Kennedy Noem, state salary, screen cap from, 2020.07.02.
Kennedy Noem, state salary, screen cap from, 2020.07.02.

The Governor’s son-in-law, Kyle Peters, saw his pay for handing out CAFO bribes rise from $59,193.75 to $60,377.63.

Kyle Peters state salary, screen cap from, 2020.07.02.
Kyle Peters state salary, screen cap from, 2020.07.02.

Meanwhile, one out of nine Americans lack jobs….


  1. Donald Pay 2020-07-02 11:09

    Did they change positions during the year? I think I remember that they took new positions with higher salary levels. In most businesses and from what I remember of the state pay policies, if you enter a new position, you get no annual increase until you have completed at least year in the position and received a favorable annual review.

  2. grudznick 2020-07-02 16:11

    Mr. Pay is righter than right. Unless there are rules we don’t understand but yet are blogging about, these people should not have gotten these raises like all the other people probably did. How do we even know all the other people got raises? If you take new positions during the year, no raises for you. Mr. Pay remembers this, and grudznick concurs.

  3. leslie 2020-07-02 16:29

    “…support letters [were] verbatim [from] North Dakota state senator Dale Patten and North Dakota house representatives Keith Kempenich and Denton Zubke, who collectively signed a letter to FERC on 20 February supplied by company lobbyist Cory Fong, a former North Dakota tax commissioner. ND’s governor too was one part of a broader ghostwriting campaign that saw several key legislators send pro-pipeline support letters ghostwrittten by officials of MDU Resources to FERC and the US army corps of engineers that reproduced word-for-word letters sent to them by MDU Resources’ political strategists.

    In another indication of the revolving door in North Dakota politics, MDU Resources’ Dever – who supplied the template letter to Burgum – was previously an official with the North Dakota commerce department.

    the industry’s role in shaping what the public – and federal regulators – hear about these industries from supportive state and local officials.

    The North Bakken Expansion Project pipeline would deliver natural gas from Bakken Shale production to connections owned by TC Energy – best known as the builder of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

    Ghostwriting of letters by a fracking company is the most egregious example of the industry’s dominance over a state government. Kristi’s pipeline riot booster law was likely similarly written. Her young children earning experienced adult, qualified , experienced, highly educated job wages from mother’s governorship, takes advantage of her public elected position of trusted leadership, depriving more qualified non-nepotistic applicants.

    As the left takes over control of government, such norm-breaking and law-breaking with impunity will be boldly prosecuted and forbidden. The right has damaged our democracy to such an extent that it will take extraordinary resolve to repair.

  4. grudznick 2020-07-02 16:41

    Ms. leslie, you have been denied interviews for these jobs? Just wondering.

  5. Donald Pay 2020-07-02 17:00

    Grudz, they may have changed the rules since I was a state employee, which was back in the 1980s. They instituted a new system during my time in employment. I was paying pretty close attention to what they were doing, but I admit I could be mistaken. The new system back then was based more on position job descriptions than on the employee.

  6. grudznick 2020-07-02 17:21

    So these raises might have actually been within the rules. Huh. Then why is Mr. H blogging about it? grudznick can guess. It is only to harangue and whine about just these 2 employees, when there are hundreds who probably got raises. Or perhaps Mr. H has called up the offices and asked for the reasons. Mr. H, do you just really hate these two young people, or are you angry hundreds of people got giant raises?

  7. grudznick 2020-07-02 17:25

    Wait!!! Did the Governor herownself also get a raise? Surely somebody has checked on that. She should not be able to give herself a raise.

  8. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-07-02 17:33

    Donald, neither Kennedy nor Kyle appears to have changed positions during the 2020 Fiscal Year. However, Kyle’s quick switch before July 1, 2019 from his original post to GOED did not prevent him from getting a raise. Kennedy had only been in her Second Floor office for a half a year before she received her July 1, 2019 raise.

  9. o 2020-07-02 18:17

    Oh Grudz, only in your world could a 2% increase after decades of neglect mean “giant raises.”

    If one were looking to be outraged by wealth distribution, allow me to offer: “America’s billionaires grew their wealth by $308,000,000,000 between March 18 and April 22.”

    That’s $8,555,555,555 a day.

    -Robert Reich

  10. grudznick 2020-07-03 08:57

    So, Mr. o, are you saying those kids Mr. H likes to castigate for getting 2% raises like hundreds of others should have gotten more? I am unclear what lane the libbies on this blog are taking about these raises Mr. H blogged about. Are they good, or are they bad? I would like Mr. H to blog pictures of more people’s raises to see if there were some who got none, perhaps Biden supporters, and some who got much bigger raises.

    And no, Mr. o, grudznick would not consider a 2% raise satisfactory. grudznick expects his income to grow by far larger percentages on a regular basis.

  11. o 2020-07-03 11:25

    grudznick, if it helps to keep your scorecard clear, mark me as pro-labor libby. My issue is with your characterization of 2% as “giant raises.”

    Yes, I believe state employees should make a better wage; I believe teachers and educational professionals should make a better wage; I believe newly recognized essential workers should make a better wage.

    I also disapprove of the billionaires who grabbed an extra 308 billion dollars — money that absolutely came from the pockets of the men and women who provide essential services to keep society going for the betterment of all. Better put me down as an anti-billionaire libby as well.

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