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Outsiders Think SD Is "Remote & A Lot Of Fun For A Week"
(photo from Sioux Falls Argus Leader)
It's most refreshing to hear a dose of reality emerge from an administration that has long been characterized by self-adulation and denial of economic facts. Last month's annual economic
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Great Place To Visit, But . . .
(graphic from Argus-Leader)
That it took a series of focus groups in nearby states to raise the Daugaard administration's awareness that "quality of life" issues matter and that outside perceptions of South Dakota's "quality of life" leave a lot to be desired is frustrating. Lousy teacher pay, low overall wages, poorly maintained roads, slow economic growth--these are things that matter to young people growing up here and potential emigres looking for compelling reasons to bring their skills and their families to South Dakota. Now that the Dennis Daugaard administration acknowledges as much, its challenge is to see if it can muster up the political will to begin some serious reforms that will change the way our state presents itself to the rest of the world. I don't think we can make it on fresh air and great pheasant hunting opportunities in this day and age.