Rising star Kristi Noem says “no thanks” to federal coronavirus aid – her state is doing just fine

She’s a rising star in the Republican party – and for good reason.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem just announced that her state is saying no thanks to extended unemployment benefits from the federal government – because South Dakota’s economy is in such good shape that they don’t need the assistance.

It’s an example of good governance during a crisis that New York’s Andrew Cuomo and California’s Gavin Newsom should be embarrassed by.

The Washington Examiner reports:

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem thanked President Trump for offering federal assistance to her state to mitigate damage from the coronavirus pandemic, but she said it’s not needed thanks to her state’s healthy economy.

“My administration is very grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the additional flexibility that the ‘Lost Wages Assistance’ would have provided, but South Dakota is in the fortunate position of not needing to accept it,” Noem, a Republican, tweeted Friday, followed by a thread explaining the various reasons why her state does not need the $400 weekly unemployment payments approved by Trump.

Noem added that South Dakota’s economy didn’t shut down over coronavirus fears, allowing the state to be in good shape.

Noem pointed out that job losses in the state have been slight.

“South Dakota’s economy, having never been shut down, has recovered nearly 80% of our job losses,” she said. “We’re the only state in the nation that didn’t have extended unemployment benefits kick in because our insured unemployment rate has been the lowest in the nation.”

Good for Noem, and congratulations to the citizens of South Dakota.

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