|Fleeee! The Daugaard Tax Tsunami Is Coming!!!|
He'll Hang Five, Hang Ten, Hang Even More Taxes On Us!
(photo from www.flickr.com)
By downplaying--or avoiding altogether--any public attention to our deteriorating roads, Daugaard failed in his role as Governor. In fact, as recently as his January 2013 State of the State address, Daugaard was actually bragging on the condition of our roads when he said "South Dakota's 8,000 miles of paved state highways rank a 4.4 out of 5 for quality and our state bridges rank 91 on 100-point scale." Just a few months later this ridiculously rosy outlook turned out to be baloney, as the talk in Pierre turned to the road-condition crisis that was actually at hand. This is pretty sorry stuff, considering that it was crystal clear by the time Daugaard took office in 2011 that South Dakota was looking at hundreds of millions of dollars worth of repair work. The sense of urgency that should have been at the forefront early on in his administration didn't surface until the last few months of that term.
|Why Is This Man Laughing?|
I believe we're seeing a widening of Daugaard's credibility gap with his announcement that fees to a wide array of businesses and every driver in the state will take double-digit percentage leaps if his proposal to the state legislature gets the nod. I don't argue against the need for funding necessary services in this state, but I don't like the way the taxes are being implemented. Daugaard failed to give South Dakotans a heads-up during the course of his first term that state services were being seriously underfunded by his stubborn commitment to hold the line on taxes. Now that he's safely settled into his second (and thank heavens his last) term as Governor, Daugaard suddenly touches off
|More Of The Same In South Dakota|
The Regression Goes On
(graphic from The SD Budget & Policy Institute)
*Per surferdude-onics, "A-Frames"=perfect waves