|Good Luck With That Pothole|
Now, About The Rest Of That Road . . .
(photo from Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
I guess positing the deplorable shape of South Dakota's roads as an "emergency" is probably the only way that Daugaard can justify going back on his campaign promise, but I don't think it'll wash. Why? Because this road maintenance situation has been a known feature of South Dakota's long term obligations for many years. Cripes, in 2011, Daugaard's first year in office, there was plenty of awareness of the situation. As far back as 2008, during then-Governor Rounds' tenure, "the deferred maintenance and construction needs in South Dakota’s transportation system amounted to $756 million," according to that year's report card put out by the American Society of Civil Engineers, as quoted by Dakotafire.
So now we're stuck with a massive bill, amounting to hundreds of millions of bucks spread out over the next few years. Daugaard, safely esconsed in his final term as Governor, need not answer to the citizens of this state who question his lack of attention to our road problem. Nor does
|Why Is This Man Laughing?|
Because He Doesn't Have To Explain Why He Reneged On Taxes?
(photo from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
ADDENDUM (added @1247 1/14): Daugaard effectively retracted his "no-tax while Governor" pledge on 10/24/14 when quoted in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader: "When I first ran four years ago I promised to oppose all tax increases as we recovered from the recession, and I kept my promise, but earlier this year, you know I announced everything is on the table when it comes to roads, including taxes. It doesn't mean I'm promising to support a tax increase, but it does mean I'm not promising to oppose one either." The retraction occurred during his first term, the reality struck yesterday, just two days after the beginning of his second.