[UPDATE: Bob Mercer has a response to this post. I will respond in more detail tonight. But for now I want all to know that I did not mean to take a shot at Bob. He, by far, has the best media coverage on South Dakota government. My analysis brings into play the need to hold politicans accountable to the last "actual' spending level...an not let them get away with playing games by comparing two budgets.]
The media is again helping a South Dakota Republican governor mislead the people of South Dakota. Here is an example:
Two weeks into his new administration, Gov. Dennis Daugaard stood alone before a joint assembly of the Legislature Wednesday and called for budget cuts of at least 10 percent throughout the state government departments and offices under his control.
“The gun is at our head,” he said. “I’m tired of looking at death from a thousand paper cuts.”
He said spending from the state’s general fund must be reduced $127 million in order to bring the budget back into balance with the estimated amounts of tax revenues.
Here is a link to the actual numbers and you will see that the govenor's proposed budget for the general fund is $1,119,988,080. We actually spend $1,121,828,785 last year that ended June 30, 2010. So the real cut is just under $2 million, not the $127 million that is being repeated over and over by the media. He did eliminate the "increased spending" that former Governor Rounds proposed.
More details to come.