Ending Washington’s Red Tape Addiction By Sen. John Thune

Ending Washington’s Red Tape Addiction

By Sen. John Thune

One of the worst-kept secrets in Washington is that federal regulators rarely encounter an issue to which more red tape can’t be applied. While anecdotally it’s duct tape that can fix anything that’s broken, Washington bureaucrats seem to believe red tape can fix anything – whether it’s broken or not. I often wonder if the people who make these rules and regulations have ever traveled outside the beltway to see exactly how their actions impact hard-working people in states across the country, because if they did, it’s hard to imagine how they’d reach the same conclusions.

According to a recent study by the American Action Forum (AAF), federal agencies in the Obama administration have issued 600 major regulations – with a negative impact of $100 million or more per regulation to the economy – since the president took office. AAF has determined these major regulations have burdened the U.S. economy by $743 billion, or roughly $2,300 per American. For perspective, if you stacked 743 billion $1 bills on top of one another, they would reach more than 50,000 miles into the air, the equivalent of two full trips around the Earth.  

In addition to $1.7 trillion in tax increases on President Obama’s watch, this dramatic expansion of government has resulted in stagnant wages, record low participation in the work force, and the worst economic recovery in 60 years. In fact, the Obama presidency will be the first ever not to achieve at least 3 percent economic growth for a full year.

Regulations aren’t metaphorical. They aren’t written and then shoved in the back of a book for someone to read about years later. Heavy-handed federal rules and regulations can have a real impact on the American people and make it more difficult and more expensive to create jobs and earn a living. In an economy where wages are flat and the cost for just about everything else in our daily lives has gone up, we should avoid squeezing families any more than they already have been.

Not all regulations are bad regulations. For example, I think most people in South Dakota would agree that individuals or businesses shouldn’t be allowed to dump toxic substances in our lakes or rivers. Doing so would threaten our water supply, and it would put the health and safety of our communities at risk. I would venture to guess most of those same common-sense people would also agree that the federal government shouldn’t be regulating common activities of private property owners who happen to have small ponds or ditches in their backyards, which is what the EPA has tried to do with its Waters of the United States Rule.

One of the most effective ways to create change is by having a president – the leader of the executive branch and its agencies – who is opposed to an over-regulated America. The best part about this option is that South Dakotans and the rest of the American people get a direct say in its outcome, and there’s no greater or more powerful voice than that.         




September 6th, 2016 – City Hall Council Chambers

5:30 P.M.

1. Call to Order – Roll Call – Pledge of Allegiance

2. Approval of Agenda

3. Approval of Minutes – August 15th, 2016 Minutes

4. Declaration of Conflict of Interest

5. Department Head Discussion

Public Works Director – General Discussion

Planning Administrator – General Discussion

            Finance Officer – General Discussion

6. Public Presentations – Public Hearings

            a. Zoning Code Violation – Boothill Residences

b. Custer Golf Course – Irrigation Project

            c. Amendment to Resolution #08-15-16A – Certifying Delinquent Assessment

            d. Resolution #09-06-16A – Certifying Delinquent Assessment

            e. First Reading – Ordinance #777 – Appropriation Ordinance for FY 2017


7. Old Business

            a. Experience Work Employee


8. New Business

            a. Pageant Hill Use Request – Van Arp

            b. Parade Request – Chamber of Commerce

            c. Zoning – Saxton Subdivision

            d. Vacation of Street Right-of-Way – Grewal Lodging

            e. Street Lighting – West Side of City

            f. West Dam Contract Amendment / New Contract – Banner

            g. Custer Community Center – Floor/Ceiling Ratings Bid Results

9.  Presentation of Claims –

10. Committee Reports –

11. Executive Session – Personnel, Proposed Litigation, & Contract Negotiations (SDCL 1-25-2(1-4))

12. Adjournment


General Government Committee Meeting – September 12th, 2016 4:00 P.M. 

Planning Commission Meeting – September 13th, 2016 7:00 P.M. 

Regular City Council Meeting – September 19th, 2016 5:30 P.M. 

Park & Recreation Committee Meeting – September 20th, 2016 5:30 P.M. 

Public Works Committee Meeting – September 26th, 2016 5:00 P.M. 

Regular City Council Meeting – October 3rd, 2016 5:30 P.M.




Hawks Responds to South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Report of Pheasant Number Decline

Hawks Challenges Congresswoman Kristi Noem to Debate on Reservation

Sioux Falls – U.S. House candidate Paula Hawks challenged her opponent to a debate on one of South Dakota’s nine Indian reservations this fall.

“Tribal communities are often ignored and neglected by politicians. That’s why I made it a point to visit all nine South Dakota Indian reservations during this campaign. Questions need to be answered regarding a host of issues in Indian country. With the stoppage of emergency health care services that occurred for seven straight months in Rosebud earlier this year, I think it only makes sense we host a debate in one of the tribal communities to answer a broad range of questions about how we best serve all South Dakotans. The tribes need to hear directly from us how we hope to stop the near total breakdown in federal governmental services in these communities and provide substantially better representation in Congress on their behalf,” said Hawks.

Hawks has been critical of Noem’s record in Indian country noting she voted for the sequestration budget cuts in 2011 which eliminated $220 million from Indian Health Services. Noem also voted for cuts even worse than sequestration in May 2015 just months before the Rosebud ER closure.

“In 2014, we spent about $8,000 per person nationally on healthcare yet IHS only spent around $3,000 per person. In a situation where the funding discrepancy is so dire, it was irresponsible [for Noem] to cut funding from Indian Health Services. The cognitive dissonance it takes to continually blame the bureaucracy at IHS while at the same time personally voting to remove the tools and resources that were needed to provide quality care is alarming. Inadequate resources and inadequate care is obviously connected. So, I ask my opponent, accept this invitation to debate on one of South Dakota’s nine Indian reservations and let’s speak directly to the people we hope to represent,” Hawks said. 

Second Annual Democratic Rushmore Roundup



Williams Calls on U.S. Senator John Thune to Repudiate Trump

Williams calls on Thune to repudiate Trump

Yankton, SD

Jay Williams, South Dakota’s Democratic U.S. Senate candidate is calling on Senator John Thune to repudiate Donald Trump for his comments which appear to incite 2nd Amendment people to assassinate his presidential rival Hillary Clinton should she win the election.

Trump said “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks, though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”  

Trump’s comment is an example of using language to incite violent or terrorist acts by an unpredictable individual. John Thune, because he has endorsed Trump, should immediately repudiate Trump. 

Mr. Williams issued the following statement:

“Trump’s comments remind me of Sarah Palin in 2011 when she said ‘Don’t retreat! Instead – RELOAD!’  Shortly after, a gunman fired several shots at a political rally wounding Gabby Gifford and killing six others. Trump’s comments are actually dangerous. This is not the first time he has incited violence during his rallies and this latest example, if said by an ordinary citizen would land him in jail. Unlike Hillary Clinton who has been accused, investigated and exonerated, Trump actually appears to have broken the law. John Thune should be ashamed of his endorsement of this unfit candidate and at the very least should publicly repudiate this disgraceful and dangerous rhetoric.”

Jay Williams is a Yankton businessman who announced his candidacy to challenge Senator Thune for his US Senate seat in this fall’s election. Questions may be directed to his campaign press email: press@jaywilliams2016.com.

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Brazilian Beef Imports Imperil South Dakota Ag

Sioux Falls, SD – U.S. House candidate Paula Hawks addressed the recent loosening of safety restrictions on Brazilian beef imports into the United States. Between January 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, over 69 million pounds of food imports were rejected at the U.S. border. Nearly 64 million pounds were rejected for serious health and food safety violations.

“Our producers are already suffering from a near record trade deficit and continue to face obstacles created by Congress and the Administration to remain competitive. We need to reject equivalency tests which weaken consumer safety and endanger U.S. cattle herds from foreign disease. We also need to immediately re-enact Country of Origin Labeling so our producers can fairly market their products, and ensure consumers can make an informed decision at the grocery store,” Hawks said.

Between FY 2013 and FY 2015, U.S. beef and poultry imports jumped 42% while prices continue to decline. The U.S. cattle herd is at its lowest number in 70 years. Recently, the Rural Mainstreet Index, a survey of 10 Midwestern and Western states, reported negative growth again in July at 39.8%, down from 43.9% in June. This is the 11th straight month of negative growth.

“It highlights why we need our one voice in the U.S. House to work every single day for South Dakota agriculture. You don’t check your herd just when you think it might be time to start calving. You check it as often as you can, rain or shine, because you understand something can go wrong at any moment. That’s the type of dedication it takes to be a successful rancher or farmer, and we need the same commitment from our representatives. Unfortunately, our leadership has become complacent and our producers are suffering because of it,” Hawks said.

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Hawks Wants EB-5 Visa Program to Expire September 30, 2016