Remember back in September what Initiated Measure 22’s author Slick Rick Weiland had this to say about why we needed initiated Measure 22?
When our state consistently ranks in the top five of states most at risk of corruption; when scandals like EB-5 and Gear-Up destroy confidence in our elected leaders and government by squandering hundreds of millions of dollars; when sweetheart government contracts, suicides, murders, lawsuits and felony charges dominate our daily news and coffee talk, then it is time for reform.
Well, former Democrat legislator and IM 22 spokesman Darrell Solberg just debunked that Weiland theory:
Darrell Solberg, co-chairman of South Dakotans for Integrity, said Initiated Measure 22 is a bipartisan, government accountability and anti-corruption act.
It would increase transparency and oversight in state government while reducing corruption, he said.
The law would not prevent incidents like EB-5, Gear Up, no-bid contracts or pay to play, but it would provide a deterrent, he said.
So, while Weiland claims we need Initiated Measure 22 to stop problems with the Eb-5 and Gear-up programs – when pressed, his measure’s own spokesman has to begrudgingly admit the measure does nothing to address it.
And doing nothing about problems – all it leaves is a program that takes millions of dollars of tax money away from schools and roads to fund political candidates.