Six years ago, the South Dakota Legislature approved spending $85 million more each year to patch up South Dakota’s crumbling roads and bridges. Under Dennis Daugaard’s attentive stewardship of that new revenue, South Dakota made fair progress in reducing the percentage of its bridges that were structurally deficient.
Alas, Governor Kristi Noem appears to be not quite as attentive to building bridges. We still a lower percentage of rickety bridges than we did before the great Vehle-Daugaard road tax increase of 2015, but that percentage is climbing again:
Governor Noem’s latest weekly propaganda piece professes her commitment to being smart with taxpayer dollars. Wouldn’t it be smart to sustain the momentum from the Daugaard Administration and keep up with bridge reapirs?
But hey—Kristi doesn’t need bridges to fly to her fundraisers in Florida and Texas and Arkansas. She’s too busy troubling the waters to make sure we folks back home can get across the Big Sioux or the Mighty Mog.