State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business”

State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business”

PIERRE, S.D. – On Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem will deliver the annual State of the State Address. Among other topics, Noem will outline why South Dakota is the best state in the country to own and operate a business.

Excerpts from remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“…I grew up with a Dad who dreamed of all four of his kids being able to stay on the family ranch if they wanted to. My vision for South Dakota is the same. We must ensure that every South Dakotan can build their life here and make a good living, so they can provide for their families and maintain our traditions and way of life. This is why I am committed to four pillars of protection for South Dakotans: keeping taxes low, limiting government spending, fighting government intrusion, and keeping government open and honest. 

“With a year under our belt, I’m proud to stand before you and say we accomplished a lot in 2019, and we did it all without raising taxes and without spending more than we took in.

“And to all the business prospects we’ve been recruiting, I’d like to make the case here and now about why you should join us in South Dakota:

  1. Our people – their work ethic and values are second to none. 
  2. There’s no corporate income tax.
  3. There’s no personal income tax.
  4. There’s no personal property tax.
  5. The taxes that we do have to fund state government are stable and predictable.
  6. Government in South Dakota lives within its means. We balance our budget without accounting gimmicks and tricks.
  7. We have a AAA credit rating and our state pension plan is fully funded. 
  8. We believe in smart regulation. We roll out the red carpet, not the red tape.
  9. Our part-time legislature is a true citizen legislature.
  10. Our outdoor opportunities are second to none. 

“I have traveled all across this country and around the world, there is no better place to operate a business and raise a family than in South Dakota.

“For employers and employees alike… South Dakota is THE PLACE to do business. Whether you’ve owned and operated a business for four generations, or you’re looking to start or even relocate your current operation, I want my message to be crystal clear: South Dakota is OPEN for business.”

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19 Replies to “State of the State Preview – Governor Kristi Noem: “South Dakota is OPEN for Business””

  1. Nonymouse

    11. South Dakotans are willing to work for less money than what you would have to pay in surrounding states.
    12. South Dakotans really don’t have much in the way of workman’s compensation, so you can hurt them and not have much to worry about as far as repercussions.
    13. South Dakota really doesn’t believe in any form of organization or labor protection…..we are the ‘Wild West’ of labor law. (See low pay)
    14. South Dakota will bankroll over any smaller government entity that seeks to put some form of environmental control or limitation on your business. In fact, a State Secretary will personally deliver a check to the local government in order to ensure your economic success free of oversight.
    15. From an early age we teach our South Dakotans to respect authority, to accept their role in a market driven economy (See low pay), and to be life-long and life-surrendering supplicants (sorry…too big of word).
    16. Essentially, whatever you need to start your business, we will make it work for you.

    God Bless America….and I am helping to Make America Great Again!

    1. duggersd

      If you have low pay, you probably have low job skills. If you think you can make more in another state, I suggest you move there. I hear you can make more in someplace like Minneapolis. Of course, there are a LOT more taxes. You measure your trip to work in minutes/hours and not miles. If you live in Sioux Falls, you can probably add about 20% to the cost of your house/apartment. I know of people who have moved away and then find their standard of living is not as good as here. But if you stay here, complaining does not make much sense if the grass is so much greener elsewhere.

    2. Anonymous

      Waa, waa, waa; go to California or New Yawk if you want all the job-killing ideas that the left espouses.

  2. Expat

    What’s not to like about six (seven? eight?) month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights, an extremist legislature, living in a chemical toilet, sacrifice zone, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area?

    1. Conservatives for Common Sense

      That sounds like our old friend Lar. Talley’s always has an empty chair at you’re old table for an easy exit thru the kitchen in case law enforcement came in the front door.

    2. Troy

      P.S. Expat, I hope you are happy where you live. If you like where you live, rest assured I will never live there. For which, we both can be happy. It is the genius of having States.

    3. Anne Beal

      my husband and I have lived in or visited every state from Maine (you don’t know what a cold climate is till you’ve been there in July) to California (people are crazy, really crazy there) and moved back to South Dakota after 6 years in Georgia (rains all the time and can’t say much for the people there either) because none of the other states are as good as this one.

    4. Anonymous

      I guess we’re all glad you’re not around her, buddy. I would guess you would pollute the gene pool around here with your idiocy.

  3. Troy

    Methinks this makes the Argus Leader tax plan dead on arrival.

    And the two prior posters representative of why the Democrats are becoming more irrelevant- severe affirmation bias willingness to lie to protect that bias and deep-seated bigotry. Come to South Dakota- we ignore 100% of the drivel which comes from their mean, vile heads.

    1. Ymous

      Completely agree. It’s almost like it’s miserable where Democrats live so their only defense is to make terrible everywhere. Like SALT and high tax states. Why are people leaving blue states for red?
      Take your time non-ymouse, I know it’s a hard one 😂

      1. Anonymous

        I hate it when lefties pee in their own pool and then come to our pool only to pee in it. Stupidity and not appreciated by those of us who didn’t ruin another state with our stupid leftwing ideas.

  4. Anonymous

    I cant figure out why all the liberal places are so full of people and growing while the conservative ones are more deslolate by the day. Who really has their head in the sand here?

    1. Anonymous

      I wish you could guarantee that liberals would stay in their oh-so-great states and leave South Dakota and other conservative states alone; they are not wanted.

  5. Anonymous

    And this is why Kritsi’s plan won’t work. Businesses need talent and no one in SD is willing to change to accept those people, they just tell them to move away. Same with recent grads. So keep your heads on the sand and keep sliding backwards.

    1. a friend of education

      It’s quite true that growing businesses need talent. SD needs even more talented professionals. Fortunately, demographic evidence shows talented, intelligent, educated people are now moving into SD. According to NPR, the old trend of smart folks leaving the upper Midwest has reversed. Cities like Sioux Falls are the main beneficiaries. THE BRAIN GAIN
      (N.P.R.) America’s upper Midwest has, over the last 5 years, enjoyed a dramatic “Brain Gain,” which is the opposite of a Brain Drain. Instead of educated people leaving, as happened in the 1990s and early 2000s, intelligent adults are now moving into the region. Recent census data shows bright high school grads tend to leave small towns for college. Many begin professional careers in big cities. But, these days, many come back to rural areas as adults. And they come with college degrees, work experience, professional contacts, and children. NPR reports that lifetime city dwellers move to rural areas, too, eager to make a new life in a “more pastoral community.” “Educated, professionals fleeing urban areas are a big part of the Brain Gain.” Key research findings cited in the report show that since 2015: (1) the population of residents ages 30 – 49 years old has increased in rural counties; (2) newcomers tend to possess significant education, skills, connections, spending power, and children; and (3) educated people now migrate to rural communities for 1) a simpler life, 2) safety and security, 3) affordable housing, 4) outdoor recreation, and 5) quality schools (rejecting overburdened public schools in high-crime zip codes).

      As other media (and other commentators) have reported, net positive migration to SD is part of a broader national trend. Conservative residents of blue states who prefer business-friendly, fiscally responsible states w/ lower tax burdens face a dilemma: vote out the “tax & spend” liberals or flee to a red state. More and more seem to have embraced the latter option. The Census Bureau report highlights a sizable red-state shift. According to an Election Data Services analysis of the Census Bureau report, “The population projections point toward a ten [congressional] seat change over 17 states across the nation by year 2020. Seven states are projected to gain one or more congressional seats after the 2020 election; 10 states are projected lose one seat. The red-state leader is Texas, with a projected pickup of three congressional seats following the 2020 census — and that after gaining four congressional seats after the 2010 election. Florida will pick up two seats. Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon will each gain one. California is losing a seat. New York and Chicago are losing. More than 70% of states gaining seats are “red” states.

      It’s not that SD is perfect. Hardly. If dems and critics want to list ways we can and should improve, be my guest. I won’t deny it. And If you want to debate ways to improve even more rapidly, I’ll listen. Minnesota has some good ideas — NPR spotlighted rural western Minnesota’s growth. Montana is growing quickly & Idaho is doing great. We’re certainly not perfect. But census & economic data show that SD is (gradually) improving, not regressing.

  6. Anonymous

    I would quibble with number 10; I’ve lived out in Montana and western Washington (not in Seattle but south of it), and I would have to say that the outdoor opportunities and natural beauty out west beat South Dakota, and certainly eastern South Dakota, where I live.

    I do really like the Black Hills area but don’t get to visit there as much as I’d like.