Doogard; King Rounds’ good soldier?

On some levels I agree with both candidates on stimulus money education funding;

Heidepriem said it’s a good bill that doesn’t increase the nation’s debt.

“This is an administration that accepted all the revitalization dollars, $250 million to balance the budget over the last three years,” said Heidepriem. “This administration accepted $183 million earmarked for roads and bridges in the state of South Dakota, but when it comes to education this administration says no. Strings attached _ we don’t want it.”

Heidi-Scott is right. We accept Federal dollars all the time, and if this helps education, why refuse the money?

Daugaard said regulations yet to be written could force the state to spend money in ways not fiscally responsible. He asked if school boards would have to fire teachers hired or retained with the money if it’s not available next year.

“I am not willing to say that I will accept that money and spend it without knowing first what strings are attached,” Daugaard said. “I think that’s good government.”

Dennis is also right, what kind of stipulations will the Feds throw at us? I guess the simple thing to do is to just ask? Right? A CC company can’t give you a card without giving you their terms of service. I find it hard to believe that the Feds would be handing out money before they tell us how to use it. Seems Dennis is playing politics with this one.

But this statement shocked me a little (well not really);

He (Doogard) said he doesn’t always agree with the governor but made a commitment when he became lieutenant governor not to publicly disagree with Rounds.

And we wonder why government is broken? Too many yes men.


#1 Plaintiff Guy on 08.13.10 at 8:06 am

Education funding, bring it on.

Anything that could mean improvement but no pay raises for school administration from these funds. It’s like paying a CEO bonus for poor performance and losing money 10 years in a row.

I’m impressed with Daugaard portrayal (media commercials) but ‘yes man’ bothers me.

Heidepriem would be a change from old guard. He’d focus more on restoring constitutional rights for Sioux Falls citizens. He’s a little out there but he’s fresh.

#2 John on 08.13.10 at 8:16 am

“South Dakota state government is broken and South Dakota is broke. The current Administration has handed us a staggering record $107 million dollar deficit for next year following upon year after year of record deficits. On top of that on their watch, state government has grown 53 percent in seven years. It is unprecedented and unsustainable and I will reverse it,” Heidepriem said.

#3 John on 08.13.10 at 8:17 am

“…became lieutenant governor not to publicly disagree with Rounds.”

Did Matt Michaels agree to this as well?

#4 John on 08.13.10 at 1:55 pm

Here is Doogards quote about the pay for play raise down in Yankton. Sounds like bad mouthing Rounds to me!

“I can tell you, however, that had I been in Mr. Nelson’s position, I would not have requested or accepted this raise. It is wrong for someone in Mr. Nelson’s position to accept a raise while his employees have gone for two years without any increase. This was an example of bad management and bad judgment, and as Governor I will expect more from my cabinet secretaries and division directors.”

Bob Mercer blog

#5 l3wis on 08.13.10 at 9:48 pm

I really don’t think much of public officials anymore. Their self-interest is disgusting.

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