Gov. Daugaard has declared the Governor’s cabin Valhalla available for daily rentals and public tours. Not only that — when the state uses the cabin — they’ll pay the same rate as the rest of us.
RCJ’s editorial staff weighs in favorably to this change in policy. I give it a thumbs up too (I know the Governor’s office was waiting for that with bated breath) Honestly — why the Heidepriem campaign made such an issue of this in the campaign is beyond me — clearly it was beyond 61% of the rest of the state too.
The other big policy change will come in the form of releasing some of the guest names for the Governor’s hunt, Governor’s Golf tourney and Buffalo Round-up. (Also gets another thumbs up from me)
“I value the trust that South Dakota voters have placed in me, and I hope these acts will help make government more open and transparent” Daugaard said.
Although there’s nothing to stop future governors from setting their own policies for Valhalla’s use, Daugaard has set an ethical and honorable precedent that hopefully will be carried on after he leaves.
I continue to be impressed with the strong and decisive leadership style being demonstrated by Gov. Daugaard.