The Buffalo Ridge Blog, coming to us from somewhere in western Minnesota, laughs at Governor Dennis Daugaard's impending Mall of America recruiting trip:
Yup, the GOP governor of South Dakota... is coming to the Mall of America to persuade all us overpaid Minnesotans to move to South Dakota where unions are all but illegal to work for less. Less like in $12 an hour to drive a double trailer rig to haul twice the payload at half the pay. Less like unfilled jobs in South Dakota offering that same low teens dollars per hour for skilled machinists and welders. And way less like semi skilled jobs paying minimum wage. No thanks, South Dakota… I’ll stay retired on my union pension in Minnesota that pays more than your jobs! ["SD Gov invites Minnesotans to work in SD, MN ROTFL!" Buffalo Ridge Blog, 2013.05.07]
In an April post, BRB illustrates the point that Minnesotans get value for the dollar with their higher taxes:
So what do we get for our state tax dollar? Well, our small towns on the Buffalo Ridge are a good measure. My home town of less than a hundred souls maintains paved streets, a water system, a park, and a bunch of other stuff towns do, and about half of that is paid for by local government aid from the state ["Tax Trilogy: The States… You Get What You Pay For!" Buffalo Ridge Blog, 2013.04.21].
With local government aid, Minnesota makes a commitment to help rural towns provide residents with basic services and quality of life comparable to what bigger city Minnesotans enjoy. That makes it a little easier for small Minnesota towns to compete for residents and business development. Meanwhile, South Dakota focuses on economic development plans that help our big towns get bigger while accelerating the emigration of talent from rural areas.
BRB also catalogs the federal largesse that keeps South Dakota afloat:
Over the better part of a century the Dakotas have benefited from a plethora of pork barrel projects. The WPA was just the warmup, followed by the Missouri River dams and hydro projects, the Interstate System, the world’s 3rd largest armada of ICBMs, multiple military bases, four laning highways to towns of less than 10,000, and now billion dollar flood control projects. The highway projects are illustrative- by objective standards I-29 would have ended at Sioux Falls and in fact wasn’t on the original Interstate System planning maps back in the 1930s. But thanks to lobbying by the Dakota’s long serving (read “high seniority”) congresscritters, I-29 was penciled in. In it’s wake came a bunch of other 80% fed funded highway projects, like the 4 laning of US2, US12, US81, US83, US85, etc. [BRB, 2013.04.21]
South Dakota is a red-state moocher, and our Minnesota neighbors know it. Asking them to come join our economic model may be a hard sell for Governor Daugaard at the Mall of America.10 comments