$660 Million for Water Works in Senate State Business Friday – Dakota Free Press

One of the biggest spending bills in the hopper comes Friday in Senate State Affairs. Senate Bill 62 proposes to immediately give the Water and Natural Resources Board $600 million to fund water and environmental projects across the state.

The appropriation is part of Governor Kristi Noem’s massive spending spree, fueled almost entirely by what Republican Rep. Jon Hansen derisively and ungratefully called “Biden Bucks,” which would bring South Dakota’s budget dependency vis -à-vis Uncle Sam by more than 50% this year. But even this massive federal stimulus would be just a few drops in the big bucket of water infrastructure projects that the thirsty communities of East River and West are clamoring to build.

Senate State Affairs will also hear Senate Bill 50 on Friday, which will provide an additional $60 million to the Office of Administration to fund waterworks for various state agencies. The Senate of Agriculture and Natural Resources last week approved Senate Bill 64 to provide a few additional millions for specific water and environmental projects in the state.

Boy, the next time you turn on a faucet, flush the toilet, or take a dip in the lake, you better thank the feds for keeping South Dakota afloat.

Senate State Affairs meets at 10 a.m. Friday in Room 414 of the Capitol.

*Representing. Hansen was supposedly going to use his new blog, the Dakota Conservative, fight[] for South Dakota families and authentic conservative governance in our state by speaking the truth, leading with principles,” blah blah blah. Hansen’s enthusiasm for telling the truth produced two articles, October 22 and December 21. Telling the truth tires Republicans quickly.

Norman D. Briggs