Rep. Kristi Noem
For nearly 100 years, my family has farmed the land we live on. It's more than a business to us. It's a tradition, a way of life — one that we share with many across the state.
Like many South Dakotans, I'm used to walking around town and seeing our local police officers working hard and keeping us safe. With National Police Week starting on Sunday, I"d like to take this time to say thank you to all of the men and women who serve in our state and across the country. I also want to help provide them with the necessary tools needed to combat the dangerous issues they face on a daily basis.
We've just passed President Trump's 100-day mark. While that is a relatively short amount of time, it does make for a good opportunity to reflect on the progress so far. A lot has changed since President Trump moved into the White House. For one, we're finally seeing the legislation conservatives have long fought for become law. Already, I've helped pass 29 bills that President Trump has signed — the most for a president's first 100 days since Truman was elected.
I still remember the first time Bryon and I heard our oldest daughter Kassidy's heartbeat. There was no baby bump — yet. No baby clothes in the closet. No name picked out. I'm not even sure how many people in our family knew we were expecting at that point, but with the rapid, muffled thuds of our baby's heartbeat in the background, we knew our lives were already changed.
As the temperature ticks upward and the last day of school inches closer, many are starting to think about their summer vacation plans. While schedules only seem to get busier, our family still tries to make it out to the Black Hills many times throughout the year, although we especially love those summer months and their longer days. There’s just nothing like the hiking, the serenity, and – of course – the faces that a person finds in the Hills. Over the years, however, we’ve seen the landscape change.
When a young woman wanted to turn a love of fashion into a gainful career, she didn’t have to leave South Dakota’s landscape for New York’s cityscapes. She could start her business here and sell nationwide with just the click of a mouse.
If you're a family making less than $50,000 annually in South Dakota, you likely spend double the national average on energy every year. It's one of the largest monthly expenses for many, so if we have the opportunity to drive those costs down, we ought to take it.
For many, preparing for Tax Day only highlights just how much of a person's paycheck is redirected straight into the federal government's bank account. The truth is our tax returns only tell part of the story. Federal regulations add thousands of dollars more in hidden costs every year for South Dakota families. I've heard from many that "enough is enough" — and I agree. So regardless of if it's tax or regulatory reform, I'm focused on giving you more financial independence.
I love what Bridger Gordon, a student from Whitewood, wrote about agriculture: "Agriculture encompasses — and enhances — the environment, harnessing soil, water, sunlight to produce food, habitat, employment." That observation helped Bridger win a national essay contest this year, which came with a $1,000 prize and a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate National Ag Day on March 21.
When we talk about health care, we're talking about something that is very personal to people. It's why I've so often looked for ways to put you, the patient, in control of your own health care. Since Obamacare came into play, however, rising costs, shrinking options and increased bureaucratic involvement has resulted in control being taken away from patients and their doctors.