I wrote yesterday that if Governor Kristi Noem intends to veto the state budget passed by the Legislature last week, she’d better do it quickly so legislators have time to recalculate and renegotiate a passable budget. But Noem’s Friday propaganda column indicates she’s going to milk the full two-week veto-consideration period for all the suspense and attention she can get:
When we pass that budget, we have to deliver on our responsibilities to take care of people. But we must also have respect for money that does not belong to us. It belongs to the people. When opportunity comes to return some of that money to the people, we should do so. When the option presents itself to spend less of the people’s money, we should pursue that option, too. After all, the people know better than we do what their own needs are. They understand how best their own money can be spent to take care of their loved-ones and their communities.
This year, some elected leaders in Pierre made different decisions. They chose to spend more of the people’s money than I recommended, including on new programs. And they decided to deliver a temporary tax holiday to the people, rather than a permanent tax cut. I still believe that the best budget option for our state’s future is the one that I presented in December, including the elimination of the sales tax on groceries. And in the coming weeks, I will have to decide whether the budget that has been presented to me is worthy of my signature.
In making that decision, I will be weighing what is best for our people. This decision is not about me, and it’s not about the elected representatives in Pierre. It’s about the folks who we serve, the folks who rule: the people of the great state of South Dakota [Gov. Kristi Noem, propaganda column, 2023.03.10].
“Not about me”—that may be the biggest lie Kristi Noem has told this Session.