S.D. Gov. Noem: ‘I’ve Told the Federal Gov’t for Months Now: Don’t Give Us Any More Money’

By Craig Bannister | March 10, 2021 | 9:56am EST
S.D. Gov. Kristi Noem

Unlike mismanaged liberal states, South Dakota doesn’t need any more federal money, the state’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem says.

In an interview with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, Gov. Noem criticized on Democrats’ $1.9 trillion so-called “COVID relief” that would spend millions of taxpayer dollars to bail out mismanaged states.

South Dakota businesses and their employees have fared better than those of other states during the coronavirus pandemic due to her state’s conservative principles, which is frustrating given Democrats’ efforts to use the bill to reward fiscally irresponsible, liberal states, the governor said:

“It’s frustrating, because I feel as though we did the best we could to protect people’s health, as well the economy and their jobs. We were the state that lost the least amount of businesses because of this virus. We lost the least amount of employee hours, the least amount of employee wages.

“We really were a testimony to our conservative principles, and protection of freedoms really does work. It opens up opportunities for folks. And, now, we have the federal government coming out and rewarding all those bad actors that made all the wrong decisions.”

What South Dakota needs from the federal government is more flexibility – not more money – Gov. Noem said:

“I’ve told the federal government for months now, even back into 2020, don’t send us any more money – just give us flexibility and what you’ve already given us and let us use it in the best way to ensure we’re doing things correctly to set people up for success a decade, two decades into the future.

“That’s why people will see me not just focusing on bailing out or increasing unemployment benefits, things like that, but it’s investing in workforce training, getting people into better jobs, making sure that we’re getting high-speed internet access to every home in the entire state of South Dakota.

“That’s the kind of investments we should be making, rather than bailing out bad states that closed down their economies and now are going to get rewarded for it.”

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