|Teens At Work. We Were All There Once.|
And We Worked Just As Hard For The Money.
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Canton, SD's Republican Rep Jim Bolin probably put it best by noting that the youth minimum wage is "the equivalent of an amendment" to the initiated measure. Republican Rep Lance Russell from Hot Springs raised an even more provocative, if not altogether ominous, consideration by warning that passage of SB 177 would be "a very dangerous precedent" by overturning the will of the voters. Bolin and Russell were unable to sway a majority of their GOP comrades in the House yesterday, where it got overwhelming Republican support and passed by a 44-24 majority. Having already handily cleared the Senate, the bill now goes to Governor Daugaard for
|Think Hard, Governor Daugaard.|
This Is About The People Vs. The Government.
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According to a spokesman in the Governor's office, Daugaard is undecided and "will be listening to the debates and considering it over the next several days." Much as I appreciate the Governor's willingness to listen to the debates, I think on this one he should be heeding his own counsel, listening to his inner lawyer, and deliberating over the precedent-setting implications of signing this bill into law. Looking at it from an ordinary voter's perspective, I'm dismayed by the prospect of every future intitiative, "enacted by the people of South Dakota," being subjected to modification by the state's legislature based on some hair-splitting interpretations of what and what was not the intent of the voters. This is dangerous stuff.
Daugaard should veto the bill and send it back to the legislature.