The legislature needs make government transparency a bigger priority next year
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When voters approved Initiated Measure 22 last month, their attitude was quite clear. They want a more accountable, more transparent government.
The pair of scandals that have unfolded in the last five years or so — EB-5 and GEAR UP — were just too big to sweep under the rug. As much as South Dakotans trust their Republican led government, they just couldn’t ignore the fact that four children were apparently murdered in September of 2015 by their father after he stole millions of taxpayer dollars. The theft was made possible, at least in part, by lax oversight of the money on behalf of state officials.
A few years before that tragic incident, a former economic development official, Richard Benda, took his own life after investigators say he improperly used money generated by the EB-5 foreign investor program to secure himself a job in the private sector. Benda was going to be indicted before he died.