Americans for Prosperity Responds to Governor Noem’s State of the State Address

Jan 14, 2020 by AFP

PIERRE, SD—Americans for Prosperity-South Dakota (AFP-SD) today responded to Governor Kristi Noem’s 2020 State of the State Address. Gov. Noem focused her speech on the important topics of improving South Dakota’s business environment and strengthening families by focusing on tackling the root cause of substance abuse. As today kicks off the 2020 legislative session, AFP-SD will be encouraging lawmakers to support policies to remove barriers to opportunity, reform South Dakota’s criminal justice system, tackle taxes, and improve education for all students.

AFP-SD State Director Don Haggar issued the following statement:

“We appreciate Governor Noem’s focus on the two pivotal legislative topics of tackling the root cause of substance abuse and improving South Dakota’s business environment in today’s State of the State address. Our lawmakers should follow the lead of Governor Noem and take this opportunity to reform our criminal justice system to focus on treating addiction rather than incarcerating those convicted of low-level drug offenses. This necessary step will go a long way in strengthening families that are impacted by substance abuse.”

“Our activists also look forward to encouraging their lawmakers to improve South Dakota’s business climate by eliminating barriers that stand in the way of economic prosperity. One barrier we see, and Governor Noem identified, is onerous occupational licensing requirements that force workers to seek permission slips from the government in order to make a living. South Dakota’s economic climate will continue to improve if we pass legislation that removes unnecessary licensing and fee requirements that prevent people from finding fulfilling work.”


In December, AFP-SD launched its 2020 legislative agenda: South Dakota’s Pathway to Prosperity.

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