South Dakota is now beginning to reap the benefits of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was passed by Congress with bipartisan support last fall. It couldn’t be timelier.

Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our state’s infrastructure a dismal C+ grade. The “report card” offered a sober warning: Delaying long-overdue investments in our roads, bridges, ports and energy grid “only escalates the cost and risks of an aging infrastructure system, an option that the country, South Dakota, and families can no longer afford.”

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Larry Skow

Caleb don't get too excited on repairs to infrastructure. Cost of materials are way up. Cement/Asphalt are in short supply and expensive. In the end repairs will drag out shortcuts taken more will age/fall apart before any of this is done. Money has always been there for these repairs it is syphoned off and used elsewhere on entitlement programs (usually). Think about Obama's "Shovel Ready" projects. And bear in mind who was in charge of that--yep V.P Joe Biden. Think gravel roads and Planks laid down on bridge crossings. There are your repairs.

Hogan

What are your thoughts on Amendment C?What do really think it’s about? Saving ourselves from them raising our taxes? Why are they selling it in such an underhanded manner Freedom… They are taking vote away from us. Sickening what fools GOP thinks we are no respect for any of us Minority rule isn’t democracy we all know it doesn’t work in Washington

VoiceforAll

Hey awesome, look, the all mighty and powerful U.S. government is giving back $2 billion dollars of hard working tax payers money, let's all send them a congratulatory note thanking them for their generosity. Hope they don't break their arms patting themselves on the back for doing this "for us". And now with Biden's 40 year high inflation, $2 billion really isn't going to go very far, even if South Dakota gets to use it for what it is intended. And now they are saying that the fed is going to raise interest rates by another 1/2 a point, which hardly ever happens, it is almost always done in 1/4 point increases. And you know what all this means, Biden's and the democrats 40 year high inflation is leading us right into recession, 30 year mortgage rates hit 5.3%, this is 2% higher than last year at this time, and they are going to go up more because of this. Just a few short months ago Biden and democrats were telling everyone that all these record high inflation numbers were nothing to worry about, that they have it under control, and now his administration is making historic moves to curb it, who are we to believe? I guess we believe our pocketbooks as they get lighter and lighter with each passing day under democratic control. 40 year high inflation, an economy that shrunk by 1.4% last quarter, rising inflation rates, war in Europe, and an oncoming recession, the great democratic ran America is taking shape, hope your happy you voted for these people.

VoiceforAll

And if you are looking for a clearer answer on the impeding recession, here is Biden himself answering that question in great detail - "Well, no, I'm not concerned about a recession," he began. "I mean, you're always concerned about a recession, but the GDP, you know, fell to 1.4%. But here's the deal: We've also had — last quarter, consumer spending and business investment and residential investment increased at significant rates, both for leisure as well as hard products, No. 1. No. 2, unemployment is the lowest rate since 1970. ... So I think we're — what you're seeing is enormous growth in the country that was affected by everything from COVID and the COVID blockages that we — occurred along the way. Now, you always have to be taking a look. And no one is predicting a recession now. They're predicting, or some are predicting, there may be a recession in 2023. I'm concerned about it..." So, is it being predicted or isn't it? Does Joe know that 2023 is only 7 months away, he makes it sound like it far off, and again, no one needs to worry about it. I am hoping they will get Kamala's answer to this as well, she does such a great job with her concise and well thought out answers to all these questions. Only they will have to peel her away from her working on getting to the root cause of the border crisis, she must be getting close, it's been 16 months now, should be some good data coming out of the VP's office real soon on this.

Larry Skow

Caleb: Just think South Dakota gets $2 Billion from Slo Joe and Ukraine gets $33 Billion of our money!! So, who does Joe think more of? You or Ukraine? Think about that--you get more gravel to put on deteriorating roads and a few recycled bridge planks to put across creeks/rivers while Ukraine gets 16 times that amount of money! Yes, Sir Joe shows his love to USA. Plus, Ukraine got a visit from the Witch Nancy Pelosi--you suppose she flew her own broom over?

SoDakD

Really, Larry - one more time:

Even if you’re right that this all could have somehow been avoided.

WHAT. Do. We. Do. Now?

Do you have an answer? I don’t care to argue how we got here. We’re here.

I think we should continue leading NATO and the EU in a free world coalition to supply the Ukrainians with all the weapons and money they need to fight the Russians.

This is not a trivial issue. It’s not a culture war distraction.

What do you think?

Larry Skow

sodakD; Stay with the theme here old boy. Your marbles are scattered. Calebs letter is about a paltry $2 billion handed down so So. Dak can rebuild. I merely pointed out Ukraine got far more of handout then USA citizens of South Dakota. And with inflation/supply chain issues no one will get much for $2 billion. Don't get your panty hose twisted up because your GREAT WHITE HOPE MR. BIDEN can't handle simple preventive matters so we can benefit here in USA rather than give billions of $$$ away overseas. Don't forget we still bucking heads with Russia in Syria as well. That was created by Obama/Biden. Endless pointless wars. You ever wonder WHY? Think about that and come back with answer. Simply--WHY?

Larry Skow

SoDakD: Here what I would do. Supposedly Putin will undergo cancer surgery. Reports are right after May 9th Russian Holiday. So would give him pause to think. I would post a $50 million Bounty on his head. Clarify that by saying each person involved with collecting his head would receive $50 million and citizenship here in USA. Give old Putin something to really think about as he wheeled into operating room. He doesn't trust anyone. But Biden and our dunderhead leaders won't do anything but choke the chicken. And send more money over.

Larry Skow

Plus sodakd--you best study the bind Putin has put USA/Biden the chimp in. Putin did very interesting thing economically: 80-1 Ruble to Dollar before invasion. He then links ruble to gold at 80-1 ratio with gold being at $1950 per oz US. If Biden starts printing dollars, gold skyrockets. With Saudi/China/India on board that will force oil up in dollars to however much (percentage wise) Biden prints. Long story short O SoDak D. Putin has our Gonads in a bear trap. Only one way out. So load up your Hunting gear, pack a lunch because you will be fighting over there a long long time. So just say thanks Joe for being a stupid fool. There whole lot of other negative things that going to happen out of this mess and none of it benefit's any of us. But space here is to limited to explain it all to the members of your secret clubhouse. I don't pretend to know how this will end but likely in a crash cycle. As long as Putin lives the bear trap won't be released soon. So SoDakD---what's your move to end this mess? Been whole lot easier to have prevented this. But Joe/Democrats not capable of doing so. They are incapable of putting USA first.

SoDakD

I’ve told you several times what I think we must do.

Can’t really bring yourself to abandon Putin and support the Ukrainians can you?

Larry Skow

SZoDAkD: I don't understand how you think I am for Putin when I have stated many times to take him out. And no, I don't think we should support the corrupt country of Ukraine or give money to any country at all. Keep USA first--Keep the money here at home. Now Quick SodakD; Name one country anywhere where our money has achieved this DEMORACY you talk about. Name one country. Besides we are a REPUBLIC not a democracy. Look at all the money wasted over last 50 years. Let alone last 20. Our run is about done.

SoDakD

Larry, see my reply to you in “ Letter: In the Name Of Democracy.”

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