Lora Hubbel is upset. And as far as I can tell she is upset because South Dakota doesn’t pay legislators more, have a longer legislative session and doesn’t give part time legislators full time staffers.
So what is the definition of a “conservative?” Obviously there is a quick split between fiscal and social. Here’s the question… if you are advocating for expanding the Legislature’s budget by 5 to 10 times (or more), are you really conservative?
Moreover, there are days I’m sure all legislators would love to have someone do their secretarial work, but they signed up for the job and were willing to take on the duties without a staff.
Quite frankly, if someone isn’t smart enough to do their research and figure out how to vote, then do they deserve to be in Pierre? Do we want our legislators to have three staff members telling them which positions they should take. Is that “conservative” or just plain lazy?
I’ve always thought that one of the things wrong with Washington DC is that there are thousands of 25 and 30 year old staffers who had little real life experience before they moved to DC to play the political games. I’m not sure we need unelected staffers in Pierre advising our legislators on the political ramifications of every vote…