House Bill 1091 would throw another $10 million dollars in state money toward recreation. Representative Larry Tidemann (R-7/Brookings) and a whole bunch of other Republicans want to appropriate $10 million in emergency funding (half from the general fund, half from the Other bucket) to build a year-round rodeo practice facility at South Dakota State University.
Again, by “emergency”, the Legislature means something that “is necessary for the support of the state government and its existing public institutions.”
Hmm… necessary? If rodeo practice gets called off because of snow, do SDSU and state government as a whole collapse? And hey, I’ve always thought that practicing sport outside made one tougher. Who’s supposed to be tougher than the kings and queens of rodeo that every single South Dakotan aspires to emulate?
But hey, the Governor needs more campaign venues, and we can’t have her parading around with Old Glory on Old Paint in the rain. If you don’t like rodeo, you’re a communist! With Biden Bucks fueling a great (if ungrateful) Pierre spending binge that will stimulate the economy in Brookings and statewide, expect swift and unanimous Yea-haw! on HB 1091.