Today Bob Mercer apparently suggested that any kind of crony capitalism bribery system for big business projects warranted some sunshine. Of course, crony capitalists like working under the covers and under the cover of darkness and the SD Republicans are wedded to covering up their work just like a cat.
[[ Please note, I messed up the references here. The amendment was apparently actually presented by Republican Stacy Nelson, but reported by Mercer and supported by the text following the amendment by Mercer rather than by Frank Kloucek. Sorry if this led to confusion on the part of any readers.-- Doug Wiken, March 9, 2013]]
Here is apparently what Mercer Stacy Nelson suggested as amendment to SB235.
The Board of Economic Development may not take action to award any loan, grant, or other form of financial assistance that involves public funds unless the action is taken at an official meeting for which notice has been posted in accordance with the provisions of § 1-25-1.1 and notice has been published in at least three newspapers of general circulation in different parts of the state. The notice shall be published at least two weeks before the meeting, shall contain a narrative description of the proposed actions, and shall also state where and when the hearing will be held.".
Frank Kloucek Bob Mercer has written:,
If the Legislature and the governor are serious about giving this immense discretionary power to the Board of Economic Development, the process requires the highest possible degree of openness. Voters rejected a similar type of mechanism in November. It would be an insult to try the same thing again, wrapped inside a different envelope. If a state board is going to be given the power to give away millions of dollars annually at its own discretion, in a program that favors a very small group of taxpayers above all others, the public has a right to know what is being attempted and should have the right to express its opinions to that board about each and every proposal. The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has functioned for many years under the very type of open system for its grants and loans.
We don't need crony capitalism in Washington, DC and we don't need it in South Dakota. Despite the old analogy relating making legislating and sausage making, we all lose if we aren't allowed to know everything about both. Food poisoning is not good, and legislative and executive unseemly secret dealings with corporate interests are not healthy for a modern society.
*** Stay tuned and plan on a lot of initiative and referendum business coming to a state very near you--- Doug Wiken