A Republican, responsible for signing bills passed by the South Dakota State Legislature, is not interested in extra federal assistance for job seekers.
Gov. Kristi Noem has politely turned down an additional $300 a week for South Dakotans without work promised in the Trump administration’s Lost Wages Assistance presidential memo.
The governor has a moral issue with accepting the taxpayer money because there were no lockdowns across the Mount Rushmore State in response to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80 percent of our job losses,” she said in a statement. “South Dakota is the only state in the nation that did not have extended benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation.”
In June 2020, the number of South Dakotans who were unemployed dropped by 10,000 to give an overall jobless rate of 7.2 percent. The total number of unemployed people in the state is 33,700, according to the Department of Labor and Regulation website.
The housing market continues to perform strongly, and a high number of enterprises are seriously considering whether to relocate to South Dakota.
“We have the third-best housing construction market in the country and many, many businesses are looking to relocate to South Dakota because of the decisions we made during the pandemic,” Noem said. “South Dakota is open for business—that applies to our business owners and their employees.”
Had the state been in a more dire situation, the governor would have accepted the money; however, there is no need since the local economy is performing relatively better than other parts of the nation.
“My administration is very grateful for the additional flexibility that this effort would have provided but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,” she said.
She commended the Trump administration’s leadership during the CCP Virus recovery.
“Despite significant disfunction in Congress, President Trump continues to problem solve and provide great leadership during this recovery effort,” she said.
Anyone who is still experiencing financial hardship can find more information on how to claim unemployment benefits on the Department of Labor and Regulation website.
Noem previously refused to bow to “radical” activists after some allegedly threatened to vandalize the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, 220 miles west of Pierre.
She believes demonstrators are asking for much more than their original demand for racial equality and believes the movement has even become radicalized.
“This is no longer about equality, this is a radical rewriting of our history and, in South Dakota, we will not stand for it,” she told Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” program. “This whole conversation has changed, it has gone from equality and it is a radical movement that is rewriting our history, and will take away all the lessons that we want to teach our kids and our grandkids.”
Extreme “anarchist” protests have swept across the nation since Minnesotan George Floyd died in police custody. Local police allegedly handcuffed and kneed on Floyd’s throat before he became unresponsive on May 25.