As a candidate, I lay out my thoughts, but I invite my neighbors into conversation, and we work together to figure what our community needs.
Unless those neighbors try to explain something to him that doesn't fit his Neo-Marxist worldview. Today I received a complaint from one whom have restrictions placed by Cory on what they can present into the Madvillian conversation. Currently, I am banned from saying anything, even in agreement with Cory.
More competition has joined both school board races in the Mitchell School District, as Mitchell residents Tara Volesky and Steve Sibson have joined the race.
Volesky filed her petition for the three-year school board seat Monday, while Sibson is running for a one-year term on the school board, according to Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves.
Both are familiar with the pursuit of a school board seat. Volesky ran for school board in 2013 and lost, while Sibson was one of five people under consideration when Lacey Musick was selected last year to fill a vacant seat on the board. Musick was appointed last year to the seat after Rick Johnson resigned and the final year of the term completes Johnson's original term length.
There are two available three-year seats on the board in the June 2 election. Volesky joins current school board members Lacey Musick and Neil Putnam on the ballot.
Sibson will compete with Kevin Kenkel and Twyla Mah for the open one-year term, which is currently held by Musick. The election is scheduled for June 2 and will be combined with the city's election.
God bless goofy liberal Cory Heidelberger for the laugh-out-loud comment of the day.
Today’s silly statement is in reference to Dan Lederman’s resignation this afternoon from the South Dakota State Legislature. Apparently, Cory has his panties in a twist because as he pronounces today, with Dan Lederman’s resignation, the Governor should just give Ann Tornberg the State Senate seat
The fact of the matter is that Tornberg lost three elections in a row, by five percentage points in 2010, 1 point in 2012, and in the latest election, by a margin of 12%, in a 56% to 44% rout. Somehow, I wouldn’t consider those “Solid” votes.
Pat is right, Cory Heidelberger cares more about power and control than he does democracy.
Later in the post Pat brings in SB 69:
Liberal Democrats are organizing to contest the election reform bill that was passed by the legislature to fix petition deadlines to facilitate military voting, to put all political parties on a level playing field in terms of the number of signatures gathered, and – here’s the part they really hate – it tightly restricts filing “placeholder” candidates – who have no intention of running or serving – that are only ran by political parties to allow more time to find a better candidate.
Again Pat is right to point out that the Democrats are only trying to gain power. But why is Pat arguing that the SDGOP does not have an even playing field today as they are the dominate political power base in South Dakota? SB 69 will only make it more difficult for independents and third parties, who already at a huge disadvantage to the two established parties, to have a chance for political success.
So in one breath Heidelberger disses democracy and says forget about the results of three election, put a Democrat into a Senate seat, and then he organizes a referendum on SB 69 for the sake of saving democracy. Heidelberger ties SB 69 to another act of democracy:
So I’m curious, Citizens for Liberty, Campaign for Liberty, and Citizens for Academic Transparency: when you get done challenging Rapid City’s opt-out, can you help us challenge the rules the Pierre Establishment is using to keep your allies off the ballot and out of elected office?
So should conservatives support a guy who spends much of his time issuing false cyber attacks toward "arch conservatives"? And I am to just forget about being banned? That answer depends on whether we want to fight within the SDGOP, or do we want to build a coalition of independents, moderate Democrats (unlike Cory and his gang of intolerant revolutionaries), and true conservative Republicans. If it is the later, then we do need to support the referendum on SB 69. Perhaps in the process we can provide some common sense to those who are being indoctrinated with Cory's far-left propaganda.
The Mitchell Daily Republic has coverage of the latest South Dakota Transportation Commission meeting:
Also ahead for the commission will be setting rules for a new program for local bridge funding created in the legislation, SB 1.
The bridge grants will be jointly funded, with $7 million coming from fees and taxes which local governments otherwise would receive, and with $8 million coming from state DOT revenues.
The state commission received from the Legislature the authority to make the bridge-grant decisions.
The Legislature set requirements that a county government seeking aid from the bridge-grant program would need to have a county highway plan in place and would need to be collecting a wheel tax on vehicles registered in the county.
Bergquist said he expects the first round of bridge-grant applications this fall for the commission's consideration.
State law currently allows the wheel tax to be up to $4 per wheel with a maximum of $16 per vehicle. Starting April 1, the Legislature increased those maximums to $5 per wheel and $60 per vehicle.
Counties retain wheel-tax revenue. But many counties don't charge a wheel tax, according to officials.
Bob Benson, of Winner, the commission's chairman and a former state senator, said he still feels that local governments should raise the most they can locally before asking for more from the state government.
Bergquist said the commission has authority to consider the availability of other funding mechanisms and the use of them by the applicant.
So both, the gas tax and the excise tax on vehicles go directly to the state, while license plate fees go to the counties. Of the total $85 million in tax increases, only $17 million is from the 20% increase in license plate fees. As reported, $7 million of those increased taxes on license plates are being redirected by SB 1 to the state Transportation Commission.
The report tells us that the real problem regarding road and bridge funding lies with that commission:
Bergquist also offered that $1 million more could be considered for the community access grants program that serves cities with populations under 5,000; and $1 million more could flow into the agri-business grants program that assists with rural projects.
All of those programs saw funding reduced in recent years by the commission, as the state Department of Transportation took austerity steps to put more money into maintaining the state highway system.
So it is the Transportation Commission who has been not properly funding roads and brides, while receiving hundreds of millions from Obama's stimulus. And now we have $75 million of the $85 million in new taxes going to the state, whose history shows they have their own priorities besides fixing rural roads and bridges.
And so much for local control. Instead we have what is called "local effort". I have an email form an legislator who voted in favor of SB 1 that says the purpose was to establish "local effort". That means tax the poor, send it to Pierre, and let the special interests fight over how much their share will be. And they couldn't get the money fast enough, so they declared an emergency so that the tax increases happens April 1. They even tried to get sooner.
Cory Heidelberger does a very silly post tying the 80 MPH speed limit to jihad in order to issue a cyber attack on Gordon Howie and Rep. Brian Gosch. This is how it starts:
The Muslim Community Center in Sioux Falls is expanding, Muslims are praying at the Sioux Falls airport, and ISIS has included an Ellsworth AFB soldier on its “Kill List”; ergo, we’re all gonna die! Aaaaaaaahh!!!
The link is to a Gordon Howie's post that simply demands South Dakota Muslims to denounce ISIS. Here is Gordon's conclusion:
Muslims in South Dakota should join non-Muslims in condemning this “Kill list”. If, indeed, we have nothing to fear from our Muslim brothers and sisters, they should come forward and stand with those of us who reject the violence and disregard for human rights by ISIS.
There is no way a sensible and logical person would get "we're all gonna die!" from that post. Then Cory ends his post with this:
It also means all those crazy ISIS dudes and other perilous perps will flow through South Dakota, since they can use our free-wheeling roads to get to their targets faster. Holy cow—Gordon’s right! We’re all gonna die… because of Brian Gosch!Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!
Cory's lack of logic got even worse at the end that when he started out. It is typical for postmodern New Agers to embrace irrational thought. Cory provided South Dakota with an example of that. New Age Theocrats are quick to attack Christians and even quicker to defend Muslims. Here is another example of the left's irrational worldview:
It’s interesting to observe the selective outrage of the left and the LGBT community when it comes to, say, Russia’s anti-gay laws and anti-gay sharia. Russia is not calling for the execution of gays, as is required under Islamic law, but that hasn’t stopped the gay community and leftwing leaders (as powerful as Obama) from condemning and loudly speaking out against Russia’s largely toothless legislation.
Russia has been harshly criticized across the world for enacting a law that bans the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors. Leaders of foreign governments have condemned the law, as have 27 Nobel Prize winners from the fields of science and the arts.
The idea that the banning of pitching homosexuality to children is somehow so much more heinous and egregious than the death penalty for homosexuality best illustrates the hypocrisy and phoniness of the left and the LGBT community.
When the so-called progressives whine about child abuse, they need to get a mirror. But personal accountability is beyond the capabilities of irrational liberals.
Governor Daugaard has a column in today's Mitchell paper that shows just how much the executive branch appreciates a legislature that pretty much does what the governor wants:
Earlier this month, the Legislature concluded the main run of its nine-week session. The session is a time for debates, and some disagreements, but we can be proud of the work our legislators did and the decisions they made.
The governor says this about the liberal tax and spend massive road tax legislation:
I also appreciated the Legislature's passage of a comprehensive road and bridge funding bill. Especially in a rural state like South Dakota, good roads are our lifeline. State highways, county oil, township gravel and hundreds of rural bridges are in need of additional maintenance. Maintaining infrastructure is one of the most fundamental functions of government.
Only $10 million of the $85 million in tax increases goes directly to the counties, the rest goes to Pierre. The priorities in Pierre is special interests, not fundamental functions of government. I testified to the enormous increase the Department of Transportation, and the total state budget, enjoyed since the Obama took office. Why didn't they take care of those fundamental functions?
South Dakotans can be proud of the work of our state legislators. The vast majority of the big decisions are made on a bipartisan basis. The highway bill, the juvenile justice bill, the state budget and many other bills passed with broad bipartisan support.
The governor forgot to mention the bill that will further the alliance by making it more difficult for independents to run for office. The result will be the continuing slow move to the left by the SDGOP, with the Democrats giving support. Promoting a more revolutionary agenda by Cory Heidelberger and his gang of New Age Theocrats will only drive more South Dakotans to the polls and voting for liberal Republicans. The dialectics of the Socialist/Capitalist Alliance is operating at a high, but stealth, level in South Dakota, that most don't see the real revolution from above:
In Revolution From Above, Dr. Kerry Bolton puts forth the hypothesis “that not only liberals but also communists are the ‘useful idiots’ of global plutocrats who desire a World Collectivist State”. He sets out “to expose what might be called the ‘feel-good’ and supposedly ‘progressive’ causes of a variety of types that fool often well-meaning people into serving as dupes for aims of which they know nothing, in the service of individuals and groups which they believe that are opposing”.
Our proverbial skeptic would surely dismiss the thesis as preposterous, but he would just as surely be mistaken to dismiss the historical evidence Dr. Bolton documents so extensively throughout this book. He begins by explaining how “Both Big Business and Marxism view history asdialectical”, meaning that it “proceeds from the clash of opposites (thesis and antithesis) and from this tension emerges something new (synthesis).” A strategy of dialectics employed by ruling elites, Bolton argues, explains the historical capitalist support for “socialist and even communist movements”, such as the U.S. support for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
Perhaps the "progressives", like Cory Heidelberger, should stop their fight and think for a minute before moving on. I tried to recommend that and that got me banned from his web site. If you want to better understand what is going on politically in South Dakota and America, review the research I provided yesterday.
Cory Heidelberger covers Wisconsin conservative Michael S. Murphy's decision to leave the Republican Party:
Since having served on executive boards of every State Party level during my time with the RPW (Branch, County, District, and State Exec. Committee), it has been a harsh reality for me to observe, and now affirm, that this State Party is controlled by only a few select plutocratic or politically powerful individuals. What was once thought of as a Party, I have found is actually an oligarchy. I can no longer stomach the top-down direction and orchestration conducted by those few select individuals, many times without the knowledge of the general Party delegation, and a few times, unbeknownst to even Members of the RPW’s Executive Committee
And we have that same problem in the South Dakota Republican Party.
Cory ends his post with this:
But I always enjoy hearing right-wingers use the word “plutocratic” and recognize that our common enemy is Big Money.
It is conservatives who have the solution to the plutocratic problem, while the Democrats are part of the problem. Here is what Cory Heidelberger and his gang of cultural Neo-Marxists fail to understand about their enemy:
Bolton traces the beginning of the end of Western civilization back several centuries, when merchants and bankers started replacing the land-owning aristocracy as the ruling class, bringing about the birth of usury, industrialization, urbanization and social misery. The apparent paradox is that essentially the same forces created and nurtured socialism. As Bolton shows, however, socialism was never the actual enemy of Big Money — even if the vast majority of socialists have lived and died believing in that illusion.
Bolton notes that this development can be documented as far back as the French Revolution, but begins his narrative with the Russian Revolution of 1917. That the Communist takeover in Russia was heavily financed by Wall Street is an indisputable historical fact, but still systematically ignored in history textbooks and television documentaries.
And my trying to get Cory Heidelberger to understand the illusion is what got me banned from his website. And the reason for that is the indoctrination he and others have been exposed through by the public education system is so ingrained that it is very difficult to deprogram. Most don't understand the role that tax exempt foundations like Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie, and now Bill and Melinda Gates have played in funding the socialist propaganda in our schools and in the media. And I have research to back that up.
Here is the introduction to a three part series on The Socialist-Capitalist Alliance: the Fabian Society, the Frankfurt School, and Big Business:
Most people with a critical interest in the Western policies and practices of multiculturalism and mass-immigration have probably heard of Cultural Marxism. This 20th century strain of Marxism produced by the Frankfurt Schoola.k.a. the Institute for Social Research in Germany, and later in New York where it was affiliated with Columbia University, is responsible for Critical Theory, PC, repressive tolerance, "diversity is our strength", and other insidious tactics and strategies that are gradually stripping away the cultural traditions, ethnic identity, national sovereignty, and historical memory of the European peoples. But do most people know the link of cultural Marxism, in particular its strategy of the “long march through the institutions”, to another socialist society famed for its “gradualism” and its connection to the British Labour Party? This society is called the Fabian Society and heavily influenced, indeed was a precursor to, the creation of the Frankfurt School. There are many shared aspects between the Fabian Society and the Frankfurt School:
Both claim to promote socialism, the counter-ideology of capitalism
Both have been and are funded by extremely wealthy people and groups who attained their affluence as capitalists
Both promote the radical transformation of Western civilization through Socialist utopianism
Both reject revolutionary Marxism and instead use and advocate “gradualism”, a step-by-step long-term plan to change the character of the West through stealth and infiltration
The following is part one of a three part series on the Fabian Society and the Frankfurt School. The three parts are:
The History and Intentions of the Fabian Society and its Link to Big Business
The Frankfurt School and its Link to Big Business
The Labour Party, Fabianism, Big Business, and the Cultural Marxist-Initiated Immigration and Multiculturalism Program in Western Nations
Those Big Money plutocratic capitalists are funding the various socialist movements, including what I call cultural Neo-Marxism, that is promoted by Cory Heidelberger and his gang of Madvillian New Age Theocrats.. I will be detailing this very important research in posts to come.
Steve Hickey has the Madvillian New Age Theocrats all worked up about how their food is butchered. Cory Heidelberger comments on his own thread:
The Washington Posts reported in this 2013 article that “Nearly 1 million chickens and turkeys are unintentionally boiled alive each year in U.S. slaughterhouses, often because fast-moving lines fail to kill the birds before they are dropped into scalding water, Agriculture Department records show.”
I got banned from Heidelberger's website right after commenting about abortion. So how about this statistic from Guttmacher:
In 2011, 1.06 million abortions were performed, down 13% from 1.21 million in 2008. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred.
During the second three months of pregnancy, or second trimester, the Dilatation and Evacuation or (D & E) method is used. The cervix is stretched open using pencil lead sized sticks of highly absorbent material inserted into the cervical opening. Over 24 hours they absorb body moisture and swell, opening the cervix. A long pliers-like instrument is inserted into the uterus. Because the baby is too large to fit through the cervix, the abortionist uses the instrument to grab hold of the baby’s leg or arm and twists until it is torn from the body. That part is then pulled through the cervix. This is repeated limb by limb until the baby has been totally torn apart. The spine must also be snapped, and the skull crushed to remove these pieces. The nurse’s job is to lay all the body parts out to make sure they got the entire baby out of the uterus.
During the last three months, or third trimester, a method called Dilatation and Extraction (D & X), also known as Partial Birth Abortion may be used. The abortionist inserts forceps into the stretched cervical opening. He grabs a leg of the unborn baby and turns the baby into a breech (feet pointing toward the birth canal) position. He then pulls the baby out, except for the head that remains in the birth canal. The baby is alive and moving. The abortionist inserts a sharp scissors into the base of the skull. A tube is inserted into the wound and the brain is sucked out. The now-dead infant is then pulled out.
Typical of New Agers to value animals over human beings. And while the boiling alive of chickens is unintentional, abortions are intentional.
But what really upsets the liberals is the truth...like for example, that big money capitalists not only support slaughterhouses for turkeys and chickens, but also support Planned Parenthood slaughterhouses:
The first chapter in the history of the Frankfurt School ended in 1933, when Hitler came to power. Then, this entire group of Jewish Communist academics, humorously enough, relocatedfrom the German capital of finance, Frankfurt, to the world capital of capitalism, New York, where the exiled Institute was hosted by Columbia University. Prominent members such as Herbert Marcuse and Franz Neumann spent the 1940s in dividing their time between the prestigious Ivy League university and the Office of Strategic Services, which was the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Later, in the 1960s, Marcuse was to become the Grand Old Man of the “New Left” and on a par with his colleague Wilhelm Reich as the main ideologue of the “sexual revolution.” Bolton documents how abortion, homosexuality, feminism, psychedelic music, and degenerate art has been fostered by the CIA and lavishly funded by Big Money’s tax-exempt foundations such as Ford, Carnegie and Rockefeller. The feminist icon Gloria Steinem has admitted to having worked with the CIA. Evidence has also been uncovered linking drug guru Timothy Leary, propagator of the “turn on, tune in, drop out” catch-phrase of the hippies, to the CIA.
Plato writes that woman and children should be 'held in common, and no parent should know the child, or child its parents'.[The Republic Page 237] State nurseries would look after children. Unwanted children would be disposed of by abortion, infanticide, or by secreting the children out to the general community.
Doesn't this, written over two thousand years ago, sound very familiar today? Didn't the Communist states push women onto the labour market by equalising the sexes occupationally, and rearing children through State crèches? And doesn't it sound similar to the measures that have been demanded by feminism and are now being discussed at international conferences charied by feminists and funded by Big Business? Like Plato and Marx, global plutocracy considers family, motherhood and traditional gender roles to be as much hindrances to a globalised economy as they consider nation-states barriers to world trade.
[and from Page 52]:
...denigration of the family, population control through social and technological engineering, narcotics and non-reproducing sex. The 'psychedelic revolution,' feminism and the 'New Left' were set up to push this very ideas, and have always been heavily funded by the likes of Ford and Rockefeller foundations. Global currency speculator George Soros, with his Open Society Institute and myriad of agents and front-groups is in particular a major advocate of liberalized marijuana laws, feminism, liberalized abortion laws, and anything else that willundermine traditional societies and 'open' them up to global capitalism.
In more common parlance it is called 'globalization' but it is seldom understood in its wider ramifications, as set forth here, especially by the Left, whose activists support aspects of the same globalization process: multiculturalism, feminism, marijuana liberalization, abortion rights, open borders, and feel-good causes in the name of democracy and 'human rights,' the results of which are further control by the global plutocracy.
The Left, including the communists have generally served as the useful idiots of international capital... The Left, whether in its Fabian, communist or New Left varieties has been appropriated by the system it is supposedly exposing. A post- New Left has emerged since the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc, and takes the form of the so-called 'color revolutions' under the patronage of the Soros network, and others.
The strategy used by the international oligarchy is the same as that more generally recognized as being a major element in Marxist doctrine; namely dialectics, the conflict of opposing forces that generates a synthesis.
Cory Heidelberger is reporting that SB 69, which is designed to maintain SDGOP Establishment control of South Dakota's government, is getting national attention and then recommends this:
The Centrist Project asks Governor Dennis Daugaard and our Legislature to “revisit” SB 69, but that train left the station with the Governor’s signature Friday. The only action now that can stop Senate Bill 69 is a referendum to put this bill on ice and let voters decide if they want to give up voting rights in the 2016 election.
I agree with Cory on this issue, as I do on others. I even left a very short comment saying that I would support the proposed referendum. But the last time I checked, which was days after I summited it, it was still in moderation. It is becoming more clear that Cory's problem with me is not political as much as it is racist, sexist, and Christophobic. He and his gang of New Age Theocratic cultural Neo-Marxists hate whites, men, and Christians. And not necessarily in that order.
Last week, state legislators gave final passage to a comprehensive road and bridge funding bill, which I have signed. Passage of that bill came on the last day of the legislative session, but it also ended a longer effort. For the past seven years, Sen. Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, has led the effort to address South Dakota's long-term transportation funding needs.
As chairman of the transportation committee, Vehle spent years studying the needs of state and local governments, seeking input from the public and informing elected officials and his constituents.
Asking the taxpayers for more money is never easy. Many times, Vehle's fellow legislators told him "No." He continued to promote the issue, because he believed that our state and local roads faced a crisis if we failed to act. Finally, after years of diligent and respectful advocacy, Vehle convinced his peers of the need to take action. He also convinced me, and I helped encourage passage of a transportation bill this year.
I cannot think of another instance where a single legislator has committed so much effort, over so many years, to a single issue. As the session ended, I know many in Pierre admired Vehle's persistence and were happy to see his hard work pay off.
Please congratulate Sen. Mike Vehle when you see him. His constituents are very fortunate to have him serving as their state senator.
I rode my bike to the courthouse to get my license plate tags yesterday.
My renewal isn’t due until the end of May, as is the case for all South Dakotans with last names ending in H, I, or O, but South Dakotans are allowed to renew their noncommercial vehicle registrations any time within 90 days of the renewal deadline.
Expect a lot of Hansons, Iversons, and Olsens in line at the courthouse during the next couple weeks. Senate Bill 1, the big road tax-and-spend bill passed by our Republican Legislature (I’m not saying that’s bad; I’m just reminding you who did it) raises vehicle registration fees 20% starting April 1. Register your Ford F-150 now, and you’ll save $18. HI-O!
If legislators wanted to make sure they got your $97, they could have crafted the bill to take effect immediately. They could have imposed a fairness charge on next year’s registrations for A–G and J to make sure everyone paid the same increase.
Amazing how big government liberals are quick to say that their money is better in their pockets and not in the hands of government. How many times has Cory said increasing taxes is good, and conservatives are bad because they are against raising taxes? But he is quick to use a loophole so he doesn't have to pay. So the only good taxes for Cory are the ones somebody else pays. From a Biblical Christian standpoint, that is coveting. From a secular humanist point of view, that is greedy. So how long will it be when we will see Cory whining about tax loopholes for crony capitalists?
And if that isn't bad enough, he again blames Republicans for a bill in which a super majority of Democratic legislators also voted in favor of. This is the kind of stuff I used to point out when I was allowed to comment at Madville. It must really upset Cory and his gang of coveting New Age Theocrats. Somebody should ask Cory if he feels guilty that some single working mother, whose last name starts with a different letter than Cory's, has to pay the extra 20%.
Mercer gives some insight into the massive tax increases the South Dakota Legisalture passed and Governor Daugaard signed into law:
State lawmakers purposely decided against delaying increases in license plate feeswhen they approved the highway and bridge funding legislation on the final day of the main run of the 2015 session last week.
The House of Representatives engaged in a sharp debate Friday, largely between Rep. Thomas Brunner and Rep. Dick Werner, about whether county treasurers were ready to charge the 20 percent fee increases on vehicle registrations. The increases take effect April 1.
Here is Brunner's position:
Brunner said county governments wouldn’t have much time to be ready, because the legislation as presented would take effect in its entirety, including the license plate increases, on April 1.
He wanted counties to receive more time, so they could “make it fair for everybody who has to renew their licenses.”
He said “the real fair thing” would be to delay the license plate increases until Jan. 1, so that all renewals would pay the new amounts for the same year.
“With the emergency clause on there, I think we’ve created kind of a wreck for county treasurers,” Brunner said.
Werner and others respond:
Werner said he spoke to an official for the state Department of Revenue on Friday. Werner said he was told the department delayed its next round of renewal mailings that were scheduled to go out Monday.
House Republican leader Brian Gosch of Rapid City said it was time to vote straight up on the measure, Senate Bill 1. A voice vote on Brunner’s amendment failed.
“I think we’re jumping into this ... too quick,” Rep. Dan Kaiser, R-Aberdeen, said.
He described the legislation as a state solution for a county and township problem.
But another Brown County lawmaker, Rep. Dennis Feickert, D-Aberdeen, described it as “the best opportunity to move forward with the some funding.”
The Division of Motor Vehicles directed county treasurers Monday to immediately start charging the higher fee if vehicle owners whose registrations expire in May try to beat the April 1 increase, the Rapid City Journal reports. Vehicle owners can renew their registrations 90 days before the month they expire, according to state rules.
Pennington County Treasurer Janet Sayler said the directive has caused "uproar" among county treasurers who feel they would be violating the law by charging higher fees before April 1.
"I cannot charge people more than the law allows," Sayler said. "I do not have the authority to do that."
Brown County Treasurer Sheila Enderson said that she "can't charge a fee that doesn't exist."
"It's not right. People are entitled to buy early," Enderson said.
Looks like Brown County lawmaker, Rep. Dennis Feickert, D-Aberdeen did not represent his County Treasurer very well. The controversy also landed in Davison County:
Some county officials are upset over a directive from the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles regarding when county treasurers should impose an increase in vehicle licensing fees.
A new state law increases most motor vehicle license fees by 20 percent, effective April 1. It was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
[Davison County Treasurer Christie]Gunkel said she received an email on Mondaythat included the directive to immediately start charging the higher fee to vehicles owners whose registrations expire in May.
Vehicle owners can renew their registrations 90 days before the month they expire, according to state rules.
So County Treasures were given the directive on Monday, but the Governor did not sign the bill until Tuesday, the next day? Mercer reports that the Governor then stepped in on Wednesday to fix the problem:
Vehicle registrations aren’t renewed in April and treasurers said they were told by state officials they wouldn’t be allowed to give discounts for May renewals that are made before April 1. However, the Daugaard administration changed its position late Wednesday afternoon.
“April 1 is the date when the fee switches according to the new Highway Funding Bill,” Peggy Laurenz, director of the South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles said in a news release. “For example, if a customer with a May renewal date were to visit a county treasurer’s office or a DMV self-service electronic terminal on or before March 31, they would pay the current fee.”
Wow, there seemed to be a big rush to get these tax increases started. Why? Just a little over a year ago the State Department of Transportation said there was no need to increase road taxes. Was it for the benefit of helping out the counties?
To answer that we first need to better understand where the extra tax revenues are going. If you go to the bottom of a Cory Heidelberger post, you will find a diagram that shows only $17 million of the $85 million annual tax increase comes from license plates fees. The other $68 million from increased gas taxes and excise tax on cars goes to the State Highway Fund, and not the counties.
And if you look closely at the diagram $7 million of the $17 million in extra license plate fees that would have normally gone to the counties is instead being diverted to a "Local Bridge Improvement Grant Fund". SoDakLiberty explains:
Section 1 – Section 1 creates a local bridge improvement grant fund. This fund can be used by any local government to construct, reconstruct, or repair bridges. It will be up to the Transportation Commission to determine who gets the grant money. In order to receive the grant a county must have “adopted and annually updated its county highway and bridge improvement plan pursuant to the provisions of section 3 of this Act”. The county must also have imposed a county wheel tax per § 32-5A-1.
For those unfamiliar with the wheel tax, it currently allows counties to tax each vehicle $4 per wheel up to a total of $16 (basically up to four wheels). If a county has not implemented this already existing tax the state will not help them out with this new grant money. Spoiler alert! Section 25 of this act actually increases the wheel tax from $4 per wheel to $5 per wheel. It also changes the total amount from $16 (four wheels) to $60 (12 wheels).
Section 2 – Section 2 authorizes the Transportation Commission to create rules (pursuant to Chapter 1-26) to decide how local governments will apply for and how they will choose which projects will get the grant money.
Section 3 – Section 3 authorizes the Transportation Commission to create rules (pursuant to Chapter 1-26) to set the requirements for a “county highway and bridge improvement plan that details proposed county highway and bridge improvement projects in a county for the next five years.” Any county that doesn’t create the plan will not be allowed to receive the grant funds created in section 1 of this act.
Section 4 – This section amends § 32-11-34, Local government highway and bridge fund.
This section of the bill states that every quarter $1,750,000 will be transferred from the Local government highway and bridge fund to the newly created local bridge improvement grant fund. Currently the money in the older Local government highway and bridge fund is allocated to the counties and municipalities as laid out in § 32-11-35. Now the change in this bill will take $1.75 million out of that fund each quarter and place it in the new grant fund created in Section 1 of this act. I wonder if there will be some municipalities and counties unhappy with this change. It could lead to fewer funds for counties and municipalities that choose not to play by the rules set forth by the Transportation Commission. It also seems to be a way to co-opt funds meant for all the counties and municipalities into areas favored by the Transportation Commission.
So we are paying higher license plate fees that is suppose to used by counties to fix our roads and bridges. But in order to get half of that back, we have to pay more taxes on aour wheels, plus we have to have a five year plan for the money. Not much for local control here.
So what possible areas would be favored by the Transportation Commission as stated in Section 4? As I noticed before, there was a lot of economic development organizations that were extremely supportive of these tax increases. So what economic development plan could require a huge investment in roads? Perhaps this is one answer from Governor Daugaard:
With the construction of Bel Brands’ new cheese plant in Brookings and other dairy processing companies who are looking to expand in our state, South Dakota farmers will need to increase their dairy cattle herds by several thousand head over the next few years in order to keep up with the escalating demand for milk.
That is why I have attended the World Ag Expo in California for the last three years. The relationships we’ve made at those events have proven valuable to South Dakota and have led to new economic opportunities.
Though we’ve done some work to recruit outside of South Dakota, more than anything, we want our local producers to have opportunities to expand their operations. To that end, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture offers business development opportunities. Through their finance programs, the Department assists our producers in expanding the infrastructure of their current operations.
That’s where David Skaggs comes in. He’s an Agriculture Development representative with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Skaggs works for South Dakota luring dairies to the state. He met the Azevedos at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. The dairy pavilion there is often full of recruiters from the Midwest – Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas – all vying for the attention of dairy farmers.
“We have dairies that have relocated from Ireland, England, The Netherlands – numerous other states as well, but California seems to be a good target market for us,” Skaggs said.
Skaggs says his goal is to double the number of dairy cows in the state.
“Since I took over in 2005, we have grown our dairy industry from 81,000 dairy cows to 97,000 today,” he said. “By the end of the year we’ll be over 100,000 cows.”
South Dakota recruits so hard that the state’s governor, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, is involved in the recruiting. The state even uses a hashtag #getsomemilk2014.
“We’re trying to attract California dairymen to look at South Dakota’s advantages for establishing a dairy,” Daugaard said at last year’s expo.
And this explains why the State Transportation Commission want control over where all the road and bridge money is going:
State Secretary of Ag Lucas Lentsch says the dairies they are courting are interested in relocating to get away from the burdens of environmental regulations.
From the audio clip: "Just last month we had 7 different Californians in South Dakota last month looking for sites for dairy, and one from Wisconsin looking for a site. So... and they're not just surveying the atmosphere of South Dakota and thinking about it, they're actively looking for property."
From the audio clip: "You know at any point we can have six to a dozen active relationships that are going on, but one of the things we continue to come back home to is site location and our county site analysis is only a year into the program but where we've had over 30 counties looked at (by) the Dept. of Agriculture to help study their counties for good, better and best for ag development or even livestock development."
The roads that will be getting most of the money will be the ones going to and from the sites selected by the Dept. of Agriculture for the mega dairies needed to supply milk to French cheese maker. And those roads would have to be part of the counties' "5 year plan". Here is more:
The Oaklake Dairy is believed to be the first dairy that uses Gov. Duagaard’s ‘County Site AnalysisProgram’. This program pre-certifies land for ag development… primarily sites for CAFO development. A CAFO is a ‘Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations’ which has unusually high densities of cattle under one roof.
400 potential CAFO sites in 4 counties
“Since its launch, 26 of South Dakota’s 66 counties have signed up for the program. Four "pilot" counties have completed the process, resulting in identifying more than 400 potential CAFO sites. Outreach to landowners has begun, and plans are underway to have 11 more counties completed by July 2014.
So the real agenda behind SB 1 was not fixing roads and bridges for the citizens of South Dakota. It seems to be more for subsidizing the transportation infrastructure for mega dairies to supply milk to the French cheese maker in Brookings. So 70 of your state representatives and senators from both parties voted to tax each and every one of us in order to fund the industrialization of South Dakota's agriculture economy that will benefit large corporate entities. How will the small family farmers survive in such an economic environment where the government favors the largest of the large producers? The big (government and business) will turn us all into slaves. And we are all suppose to be happy about all of this because we have a job.
So how close is South Dakota getting to being a totalitarian state?
I found this a Facebook and did not find a link to the Hot Springs newspaper:
Editorial from the Hot Springs newspaper - Please read all of it because it is pertinent to every citizen in SD:
State Representative, District 30 – Lance Russell, Hot Springs SD March 15, 2015
Property taxpayers and rural schools are the biggest losers in the 2015 Legislative Session. Governor Daugaard included the sparsity, Common Core Assessment and Technology money in the State Funding Formula for the first time. The state has always paid these payments to the schools outside of the formula. For the first time, the Legislature has given the Governor permission to place these monies into the formula, triggering a $5.2 million property tax increase. I was the only District 30 Legislator to vote against SB 53 which mandated and shifted these costs. Almost all of the new money going to K-12 education this year came off the back of the property taxpayer, with hardly any additional money from the State.
Since the $127 million cut in 2010, the Governor has spent $300 million a year in on-going money on increased spending in corrections, courts and a plethora of new programs, including creating a new government bureaucracy this year called the Debt Recovery Center. State education funding remains less than prior to the $127 million cut. The only commitment to education coming out of Pierre these days appears to be implementing Common Core and forcing property taxpayers to shoulder a larger and larger burden.
I was also the only District 30 Legislator to vote against SB 1, which will raise taxes more than $1.5 billion, not million. Gas, excise, license, wheel, and property taxes will all be raised by this legislation. Where a good portion of road problem is, which is in Brown County (Aberdeen), the property taxes will be limited to half what the County Commissioners in Custer and Fall River County will be able to levy. This is a perfect example of a taxing system that is simply broken.
Legislation to tax property for its actual use, not at the crop rate for crop rated soils, would help alleviate the wild swings in agricultural property taxes. The problem is that there are soils that are good enough for planting crops in western South Dakota, but cannot be productive for crops because of inadequate moisture. These areas are currently being taxed at the higher crop rates, rather than the grazing rates. The Governor must support the actual use legislation or it will not pass.
Property taxpayers had one victory this Session in the House Taxation Committee, of which I am a member. We killed the Governor’s House Bill 1207 that would have raised property taxes another $9.5 million for education. There was NO new state money in this bill for education, only more property taxes at the local level. Through HB1207, the Governor wanted to claim he had given a 3.5 percent raise to education, instead of only the 2 percent raise from SB 53. By killing this measure, your property taxes will rise at least $5.2 million, instead of $14.7 million the Governor proposed.
South Dakota’s highways are in good shape and there’s no need to boost state highway taxes, Transportation Secretary Darin Bergquist said Wednesday [Chet Brokaw, “Official Says No Need to Boost SD Highway Taxes,” AP via Pierre Capital Journal, 2014.01.15].
So what changed? Cory tries to argue the liberal line that this is needed to replace federal funds:
Cut federal highway funding and short South Dakota $80 million to $90 million?! Whose lame-brained idea is that?!
Dennis? Dennis! Thanks a million! Thanks $85 million!
Update 20:48 CDT: To be clear, SB 1 raises $85.75 million annually, according to this updated diagram of increased taxes and fees passed by your Republican supermajority (with just enough Democratic help)
Notice how Cory down played the role of the South Dakota Democratic legislators. Here is the recorded vote on final passage from the Senate Journal:
Sen. Vehle moved that the report of the Conference Committee on SB 1 as found on page 719 of the Senate Journal be adopted.
The question being on Sen. Vehle's motion that the report of the Conference Committee on SB 1 be adopted.
So the motion having received an affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the members-elect, the Speaker declared the motion carried and the report was adopted.
I highlighted in red the 19 Democratic legislators. Of the 18 that voted, 13 voted Yea. That means more than two thirds, or a super majority, of Democrats voted in favor of the massive tax increase. Cory wants that truth to be ignored. If all of the Democrats would have voted no, the massive tax increase would not have received the required two thirds majority and would have failed.
Of the 20 who voted against SB 1, 15 were conservative Republicans. Another fact that Cory Heidelberger doesn't want his readers to know. Like for example Roger Cornelius:
Interestingly in this increase is the acceptance of republicans raising the gas tax on republicans and the rest of us.
Sad they don't see that these were liberal Republicans joined by liberal Democrats. And the increase in government will be used to supply more money to crony capitalists, who don't want their business taxes but it is OK to tax their customers. So 15 conservative Republicans, a couple of Indians, a feminist, and a handicapped guy in a wheel chair could not stop the bi-partisan tax and spend liberals from taking money from poor people and giving it to the rich. Talking about will to power.
Explaining these truths to the Madvillians can get you banned from their community. And all I was trying to do was promote a logical solution to the problem of crony capitalism...less government.