Daugaard Pleased With Final Budget
By Ben Dunsmoor Published: March 11, 2011, 9:50 PM
PIERRE, SD – Governor Dennis Daugaard says he’s pleased with the final budget that the South Dakota legislature passed Friday.
Governor Dennis Daugaard had this to say
I’m very happy with the plan for two reasons, we’ve eliminated the structural deficit, and we used one time money only for one time things. I think Henny Penny will be proved wrong and that the sky won’t fall, and that these cuts will be manageable and modest. We’ve reset to a new norm and I think it’s something that was difficult to do, but doable, and we’ve accomplished it. I know it was difficult for many folks to see where we needed to go to get ourselves balanced, but in the end it’s turned out well and I’m very pleased.
He was just elected Governor of South Dakota, but already I am beginning to like how he operates. He had a plan that included a principle of cutting spending instead of raising taxes. He was not obstinate in requiring everything just the way he proposed, but he did not waver with respect to his principle. The final budget had cuts to schools and health care providers of 6% instead of his 10% proposal, but additional money was found without raising taxes or using state trust funds. There are no pay raises for state workers. No Dems in the House or Senate voted yes on the final budget bill.
South Dakota is not fortunate like their northern neighbor to have a $1 billion dollar oil revenue state surplus. They had instead a $127 million dollar deficit. For other states like Illinois and California that deficit may look like chump change, but a principle is still applicable. Do you cut your spending? Governor Daugaard answered the question in a clear and concise way. Excellent work Governor to inspire your GOP in the legislator to remain loyal to you. A lot of states are still working on getting a final budget, and don’t even get me started on the US government getting a final budget for FY2012. South Dakota is mostly known for Mount Rushmore, but it will be a good idea for folks in other parts of the US to notice South Dakota for something else. South Dakota shows us how a state can be properly governed.