It is time for us in South Dakota to talk about innovation; except this time we need the conversation to focus on how we are going to solve our challenges. This transportation issue is only on the front burner today… but education and economic development for the new economy are also hanging in the balance.
How about a plan with strategy developed to grow our whole state? Maybe a fair tax system not based upon income and a more efficiently run system? Could local control/authority to solve these issues on a regional and local level be the answer?
Last year our legislators in the Brookings area introduced Senate Bill 183, better known as the Transportation District Bill. This bill allowed local communities to partner together and gave them taxing authority allowing them the ability to develop and pay for a long term strategic plan for transportation improvements within their district. It brings assurance to the local citizens for referral measures to be allowed and in essence brings the transportation funding issue to a close. I would love to hear what you think about SB 183.
This way of thinking may just be the avenue to a better future for South Dakota…