|SD GOP Senator Tim Rave|
Such A Profile In Courage. What A Hero.
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You'll have to excuse me for not standing by admiringly and cheering on these legislative gladiators who've festooned themselves with glory, but in my book what they did was an act of cowardice. First off, they've skirted the clear will of a majority of voters who passed the minimum wage law last November, who voted for it with no strings attached. Passing SB 177 is an act of gall, not a testament to courage. Second, the very class of workers affected by this distortion of the voters' will isn't able to exercise its disapproval at the polls, meaning no danger of pushback. Third, the Senate's fealty to the South Dakota Retailers Association, which fought the minimum wage initiative initially and has been sponsoring efforts in this legislative session to tinker with it, has been exposed. SDRA couldn't get the legislature to gut the COLA built into the intiative because it would affect South Dakotans who are old enough to vote. So it looks like they'll settle for a victory over young people, who are powerless to do anything about it.
Meanwhile, as my good friend Cory Heidelberger reports in the Madville Times, the Senate apparently credits itself with "clairvoyance" in addition to courage. Heidelberger notes that "Senator Gary Cammack (R-29/Union Center) said SB 177 doesn't violate the people's will; it just adds a provision that should have been in the initiative in the first place." See what I mean by clairvoyance? Cammack claims to know what the intitiative sponsors apparently overlooked when
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Taking Money Away From Kids. Such A Hero
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Such courage, such clairvoyance, such chicken manure. All these guys are doing is trying to save some of their patrons in the business community a few bucks by legitimizing lower wages for the young people they hire. And then congratulating themselves for being a bunch of heroes while doing so. What a great message they're sending to our state's young people.