So that’s what she’s saving those coronavirus dollars for….
Governor Kristi Noem won’t wear a mask, but she will spend our tax dollars and donations to build a fence around her mansion… and she won’t tell us how much she’s spending:
A $400,000 project was proposed last year and Stanley Design Group, a contractor from Rapid City, was paid $35,545.25 for the plan.
Seidel said Wednesday that plan would be used.
She confirmed that a private fundraising has been under way, in addition to the federal security-grant, but said the amounts and sources wouldn’t be publicly released.
“There isn’t a target,” Seidel said [Bob Mercer, “Security Fence Will Be Built Around S.D. Governor’s Residence,” KELO-TV, 2020.08.12].
What? I thought Kristi said she trusts her people. Walling yourself off from your constituents doesn’t exactly shout trust.
Plus, Noem discourages South Dakotans from taking far cheaper and more effective actions to protect themselves from far more clear and present threats to their health and well-being than any marauding Pierre hooligans have ever posed to occupants of the Governor’s house.
Noem tried to fence in the Governor’s mansion last year but backed down after significant public criticism of her plan and its $400K price tag. She must figure that, with so much other news going, she can slip the project by us if she just keeps the price tag quiet.