Should job creation be a governor’s No. 1 priority?

Like the rest of you, I’m feeling besieged these days by campaign commercials. I can’t escape them. This morning, I heard a Dennis Daugaard ad on the radio. In the ad, I heard him say for the umpteenth time that job creation will be his No. 1 priority if he is elected governor.

For whatever reason, I began to ponder whether job creation is what South Dakotans want their governor to have as his top priority.

That may be heresy on my part, but what about public safety? What about quality roads? What about quality schools?

I don’t have anything against Daugaard or his job-creation efforts. And I realize that, in this economy, saying you’ll focus on jobs is pretty smart politics. I’m just curious what you, the voters, think about Daugaard’s jobs pledge. Is that what you want your governor’s top priority to be? Or would you rather the governor make something else his top priority?

13 thoughts on “Should job creation be a governor’s No. 1 priority?

  1. Politicians “number 1 priority” is typically determined by focus groups, don’t you think? The reality is that priorities change all the time — and they should. But Campaigning 101, especially in this economy, seems to require that JOBS be No. 1. It’s all kind of silly, really. One would think the subject matter expert on job development should jockey to get the top economic development job in the state so the governor can provide broad leadership to accomplish ALL of the state’s goals.

    Number 1 priorities are in the same class of the 15 or 30 second sound bite and bumper sticker sloganeering (Drill, baby, drill!)

  2. I think if you bring enough quality jobs into the state all the rest will follow easily simply because you have the tax base to support it.

    If people are busy and working the state moves forward… period.

  3. His predecessor made jobs a priority as well. Except they were all in state government for his relatives.

  4. When one considers that the state does not create jobs in the private sector, Daugaard’s statement is a bit off the mark.

    As has been noted, we understand that his focus is on jobs because he believes that’s where the rest of us are hurting. However, with better unemployment numbers than probably 47 of the other states, this message may not resonate so well here as it might in, say, Michigan.

  5. I remember when Steve Kirby promised to create something like 50,000 new jobs. The joke was we’d each need second jobs just to help him meet his number.

    Rounds created plenty of new jobs in state government. The next governor might work on eliminating some of those jobs through attrition.

  6. I have a question. As I was scrolling thru the election results I noticed that there were about four smaller elections or so where there was a tie in votes for the winner. So if it turns out there really is a tie do those places have another election or what do they do? I don’t recall seeing that before so just wondering.

  7. The number one priority for any leader be it local/state/federal should be to attain and maintain a healthy budget. Spending cuts such as eliminating unneccassary government spending, including some jobs, and helping create jobs in the private sector all fall under the umbrella of the budget.

  8. Michael is correct………as a state we are better off then the others. Ag is our number one industry, and you don’t lay off farmers. Our unemployed were working industrial jobs. That brought our numbers up, but not as drastic.
    When the farmers prosper, the community prospers.

  9. job creation is great but does that mean we follow the stupid solution of Rounds- go spend more- then government gets more tax dollars- they can spend more- not good- Oregon voters got an initiative on the ballot- limit the growth of government to the rate of inflation- any big spending goes to a vote of the people there- yes direct vote of the people. Limiting government is only the beginning- cutting takes gutts- Does Dennis “Do Nothing” for governor have gutts?

  10. Where has How been? Each year fewer workers are needed on the farms. This also applies to the Hutterite colonies too. Big and bigger farm implements and chemical applications have greatly reduced the number of workers needed on the farm.
    SD does not have the “stoop labor needs” which results in bringing in workers from Mexico and other similar countries.

    Just because the farmers with their million dollar empires look great, I doubt that they help those without jobs.

  11. Confuzed, farmers may use GPS, but they have not gone to robots. Many are employed on the farm, and they are all good workers…..putting in more hours than you “city dude’s”. Our family, during busy times, put in 15/7. Are you willing to do that? Not many are.
    As for the Gov. Program for Ag………70% is nutrition programs for the needy. (School lunches, food stamps, Sr. meals etc.)
    And another thing (now that you have me all stirred up) work all year, spending big bucks, for one or two paychecks. Now many of you out there willin’.

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