The Governor’s Office of Economic Development says the “long-term results” of their marketing efforts “are starting to speak for themselves“.
Legislators were probably less than receptive to that vague claim, because the results that are speaking directly to them include the pay cut they’re getting in 2024 due to South Dakota’s crashing median household income:
Next year, the salary for Pinnow and his fellow lawmakers will drop by about $1400 – from nearly $14,800 down to $13,400.
It’s the first decline, since lawmakers tied their salaries to the state’s median household income five years ago [link added; Lee Strubinger, “State Legislators Get a Pay Cut Next Year,” SDPB Radio, 2023.11.13].
The Legislature raised its pay in 2018 to keep up with inflation. But this pay cut amidst rising prices should serve as a poignant reminder to legislators that their policies have left South Dakota in economic stagnation.