Maybe Kristi Noem would prefer to name sewer systems for President Joe Biden. Noem proposes throwing $50 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds down the sewer—new sewers!—to boost infrastructure for affordable housing for workers:
This $200 million investment will combine $150 million in state general funds with $50 million in federal ARPA funds. Those dollars will be matched by local communities and developers to ensure that everyone works together in partnership: 1/3 from the developers, 1/3 from the municipalities, and 1/3 from the state. This is a $600 million total investment in workforce housing. All funding will be used specifically to expand housing infrastructure.
The state funds will flow through GOED’s Local Infrastructure Improvement (LIIP) program. The ARPA funds will flow through DANR and be used specifically for sewer infrastructure in connection with workforce housing projects. We will work with cities, counties, and developers to invest these dollars wisely and facilitate growth in every corner of the state [Bureau of Finance and Management, “Workforce Housing Infrastructure,” FY 2023 Budget Topic Briefs, 2021.12.07].
Wait—how’s this work, again? South Dakota has “the strongest economy in America,” but our workers can’t afford houses, so government has to intervene in the market with $600 million in infrastructure investments to subsidize housing?
Given all the crap from Governor Noem, it’s no wonder we have to build better sewers. Hooray for President Biden, the Democratic Party, and the federal government for keeping South Dakota livable!