SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Kristi Noem today highlighted her second Pillar of Protection: Protection from Government Growth. More specifically, Noem pledged to cut red tape and avoid the creation of any new boards, commissions or blue ribbon task forces if she’s elected South Dakota’s next governor.
“As a lifelong farmer, rancher, and small business owner, I’ve seen firsthand how bigger government rarely produces greater freedom or prosperity,” said Noem. “With experience grounded in finding solutions outside government bureaucracy, I believe it’s just as important to explain what I won’t do as what I will do as governor. I will not create any new boards or commissions. There will be no new blue ribbon task forces. Instead, I will work with what we already have, cut red tape where possible, and work to achieve more with every taxpayer dollar.”
Noem has consistently championed efforts to reduce the size and scope of government. As South Dakota’s lone member of the U.S. House, Noem has fought to eliminate unnecessary or redundant programs and offices. Moreover, she has worked with President Trump to eliminate more than 1,600 job-killing federal regulations since January 2017.
4 PILLARS OF PROTECTION
Protection from Tax Increases. South Dakota is one of just seven states without an income tax – and we need to keep it that way. As governor, I pledge to veto efforts to increase taxes, and I’ve put that commitment in writing when I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Protection from Government Growth. Under my administration, there would be no new boards, no new commissions, and no new blue ribbon task forces. Instead, we would look to scrub each agency, refocusing and streamlining existing departments while cutting red tape.
Protection from Federal Intrusion. When the Army Corps attempted to charge South Dakota for use of our own water from the Missouri River, I successfully fought back as the state’s lone member of the House. When the federal government came after the Hot Springs VA, I advocated for South Dakota veterans. And when the 2nd Amendment was attacked, I stood up for our constitutional rights. As governor, I would do the same, working with the congressional delegation and leveraging my own relationships with federal leadership to protect our rights and way of life as South Dakotans.
Protection from Government Secrecy. Voters have repeatedly supported government integrity measures at the ballot box. I hear you. As governor, I will build on the recent momentum, working to throw open the doors, not only of the state capital, but also encouraging county commission offices and school boards to give you unprecedented access to the government decision-making process at all levels.