Last year, the Legislature approved $200 million in government grants and loans to build housing infrastructure. Governor Kristi Noem has let that money sit stagnant in a pointless feud with her own Republican Senate leadership. In an effort to pry that housing money loose for all their eager socialist-contractor constituents, the Senate rushed Senate Bill 41 through committee and floor debate last week.
KOTA has the temerity to label Senator Casey Crabtree’s (R-8/Madison) bill as having the potential to bring South Dakota’s affordable housing crisis to an end. The bill will certainly have some impact, though not as much as it would have if Governor Noem hadn’t spiked implementation of the plan last year:
“The importance of this issue has only grown over the past year with heightened inflation and rising interest rates,” Crabtree said. “This gives us an opportunity to provide a long lasting tool for our state to address the workforce shortage issues” [Symmone Gauer, “Workforce Housing Sees Win in Senate amid Debate About Government Overreach and Infrastructure,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader via Yahoo, 2023.01.13].
SB 41 was one of the first three bills to rocket out of the Senate Friday. The House, meanwhile, sat on its hands listening to speeches all week and moved no legislation forward. House State Affairs will hear SB 41 on Wednesday.