PIERRE, S.D —
Senator Billie Sutton– a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor– issued the following statement regarding action taken on bills he proposed to promote economic development and housing through Building South Dakota and needs-based educational assistance:
"Economic development and growing our economy for all South Dakotans is a top priority of mine this Legislative Session. That is why it was disappointing today that the Appropriations committee rejected legislation I proposed to make targeted, strategic investments to grow South Dakota’s economy and middle class.
In my work as a financial professional at a small community bank, I know that strategic investments like needs-based scholarships for those looking to continue their education and fulfill the demands of the workforce, improving affordable housing opportunities, and bolstering economic development through Building South Dakota would have positively impacted our families and business communities in both rural and urban South Dakota.
In spite of today’s missed opportunities, I will continue to fight for a state government that prioritizes the needs of our families, our communities, and the well-being of our economy."