Former SD Senator Sounds Off
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Apa goes on to scold the GOP leadership for seeking a 40% salary increase while uttering next to nothing about the awful salary situation that South Dakota's teachers--the lowest paid in the nation--are in. There's more--just click on the link above. That these issues are being raised once again is no big surprise. That they come from a former GOP legislative leader (Apa was recently the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman) makes them stand out. In fact, so pungent are Apa's comments that I want to reprint them here, in total:
"The leadership, or lack thereof, of the House and Senate chambers of the state legislature has to be one of the most arrogant, tone deaf, greedy not needy groups to populate Pierre in a long time. Beginning with the majority leader in the Senate trying to subvert the initiative process to disregarding the voter’s directive on the minimum wage, the Republicans have said damn the voters full speed ahead. Don’t forget the attempt to raise the legislative salary by 40 percent, while ignoring the plight of the average South Dakota teacher. This misbegotten bill was sponsored by the same senator who can’t eat lunch in an hour and expects the taxpayer to pay for a $23 catered lunch. The legislature expects to get reimbursed for attending the budget address and constitutional inaugurations. These events are not mandated but rather voluntary; yet again, these greedy not needy legislators have stuck it to the taxpayer. Please do not forget the ridiculous bill defining a fee as not a tax; laughable if it wasn’t so petty. The Republican super majority has shown that a majority corrupts and an absolute majority absolutely corrupts. The Republicans need to rebrand their party as the Taxandspendican Party."
"A majority corrupts and and an absolute majority absolutely corrupts." Corruption is
|Calm? In South Dakota?|
Catatonic Is More Like It.
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