In another example of the Noem Administration’s failure to consult with stakeholders, the Legislature’s Rules Review Committee once again rejected the Department of Labor and Regulation’s proposal to create a new training program for real estate appraisers. The state is trying to get more appraisers in the pipeline, but the state’s appraisers say the plan as conceived won’t work:
Sandra Gretsch, president with the Professional Appraiser Association of South Dakota, said graduates under the new training program will struggle to find work.
“They’ll be a new appraiser, but not particularly hirable or employable,” Gresh said. “So they will have to go to the existing appraisers to try to get a job with them as an advanced trainee with a credential” [Lee Strubinger, “Legislative Panel Directs State and Appraiser Industry to Settle Differences over Training,” SDPB, 2022.09.14].
Governor Noem has wrecked the state’s relationship with real estate appraisers. She pushed the state’s longtime appraisal certification chief, Sherry Bren, out of her job after Bren refused to certify her daughter for real estate appraising despite multiple exam failures. Bren’s replacement was under orders from the Noem Administration not to talk to appraisers. The state tried pushing ahead with rule changes last spring despite strong industry opposition; now it appears Noem’s Department of Labor still hasn’t figured out how to communicate with the appraisers, despite the expressed expectations of legislators:
Democratic Rep. Ryan Cwach said that’s what lawmakers expected to see this week.
“I feel that we actually—at the last meeting—kind of set out what we expected to see when they came back. We haven’t seen that,” Cwach said. “I don’t think this has been a good example of good government working” [Strubinger, 2022.09.14].
Engage with stakeholders, get better results. Shut out stakeholders, get garbage. When Kristi Noem shuts out South Dakota experts and spends all of her time talking to out-of-state donors and pundits, we get bad government, not good solutions to real problems.