Representative Tom Pischke (R-25/Dell Rapids) served his primary constituency yesterday—himself and his caucus of angry deadbeat dads—by crying his way to a vote against House Bill 1278, which seeks to increase child support payments. Pischke wailed that he can’t afford to do more for his ex-wife and the kids of whom she won custody:
Representative Tom Pischke, R-Dell Rapids, fought against the changes. “The non-custodial parents are already having a hard time paying,” he said.
Pischke currently pays about $1,200 for three children, he said, and his payment would go up about $300 under the new schedule.
“That’s going to hurt me personally,” he said, his voice cracking. “Half of every marriage ends in divorce in this state” [Bob Mercer, “S.D. House Refuses to Update Child Support,” KELO-TV, updated 2022.02.18].
Rep. Mike Stevens (R-18/Yankton), who worked on the child support committee that studied the need for updating our child support requirements, said he plans to move to reconsider the bill next week. South Dakota hasn’t updated the child support formula since 2016.
But apparently in Pischke’s world, inflation only matters when Republicans need an excuse to blame Joe Biden for something, not when their ex-wives need the support they deserve to take care of their kids.