Press-Release SD Freedom Caucus
Pierre, S.D. (Aug 1, 2022) â€“ Governor Kristi Noem recently announced a $115.5 million state budget surplus, and today the South Dakota Freedom Caucus responded to that announcement in a public statement calling on Governor Noem to give the money back to the citizens.
â€œSouth Dakota has nearly a half a billion dollars in reserves,â€ said Freedom Caucus Representative Tina Mulally, who also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, â€œand this is not the time for the state to be hording money when people are struggling to fill up their gas tanks or buy groceries.â€
The $115.5 million surplus was transferred into the state budget reserves, which now totals $422.6 million dollars.
Governor Noem claimed in a recent press release that the large reserves are a positive sign of the stateâ€™s economic conditions and will help with the economic uncertainty caused by the 40-year highs in inflation, which she says is being caused â€œby the Biden Administrationâ€™s heavy spending.â€ Governor Noem said in another public statement that she intends for the state to â€œspend taxpayer money wisely and responsibly,â€ and has publicly cautioned against â€œa reduction in our stateâ€™s tax structure.â€
But the South Dakota Freedom Caucus sees the large reserves as a clear sign of over-taxation and reckless spending priorities by the Noem administration.
â€œThe Governor and her legislative allies need to remember this isnâ€™t our money,â€ said Freedom Caucus Chairman Representative Aaron Aylward, â€œitâ€™s the peopleâ€™s money that weâ€™ve been entrusted for their benefit, not to hold on to or horde when people need it the most.â€
The South Dakota Freedom Caucus further pointed to expenditures totaling over $5 million under the Noem administration, which the Freedom Caucus publicly stated are â€œwasteful and unnecessary expenditures,â€ including the: Governorâ€™s new private jet; Governor Mansion security wall & redecoration costs; a personal tv media studio; and a still undisclosed amount of taxpayer funds that were spent on political campaign related activities.
â€œUsing public money for personal benefit, is not wisely spent taxpayer money,â€ said Mulally, â€œwhen the public never sees the benefit.â€
The South Dakota Freedom Caucus intends to make the issue a priority at the upcoming 2023 legislative session, which starts January 10, 2023.
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