During his eight years in office, Governor Dennis Daugaard reduced the share of federal support for South Dakota’s state budget from 44.84% in Fiscal Year 2011, the last Mike Rounds budget, to 33.20% in FY2019, the last Daugaard budget.
Governor Kristi Noem’s proposed FY2023 federal spending spree, made possible by the wise pandemic-fighting, recession-busting governance of President Joe Biden and the Democratic Congress, doesn’t depend as much on federal dollars as Rounds or as the emergency stimulus-infused FY 2021 budget. But Noem does have South Dakota leaning on the federal crutch five-plus percentage points more than Daugaard left us:
Every Noem budget so far has spent or proposed greater reliance on the federal government than the budgets of the juche-obsessed Danish austerian who preceded her. Noem’s proposed FY2023 budget would spend 54.5% ($2.01 billion) more than Daugaard did in FY2013 and 32.3% ($1.39 billion) more than Grandpa Cheap‘s final FY2019 budget. That’s an average increase in total state spending under Noem of 7.25% each year. From FY2011 to FY2019, Daugaard’s state budgets increased at an average of 1.79% per year.
Will the grandkids call Noem “Grandma Cha-Ching”?