Huron Plainsman | Senators walk the grounds of the State Fair
HURON – On a busy Friday at the South Dakota State Fair, trying to make time with Sen. Mike Rounds or Sen. John Thune from South Dakota was a challenge, to say the least. .
“Last year people were more hesitant and spaced out,” observed Thune, between handshakes and visits to voters. “This year is more like a typical South Dakota state fair.”
Rounds echoed the comments of his Senate colleague.
“For me, the State Fair is always like a family reunion,” Rounds noted, stopping to shake a cousin’s hand more than once during the interview. “It’s good to go out and see so many South Dakotas enjoying our fair.”
Speaking with the staff of the two senators, they were often arrested by residents of the state who had concerns about an issue and wanted to express that concern. It didn’t stop as they discussed current issues in Washington, DC
The rounds spoke of the need to encourage trades amid the current shortage in many industries, both in terms of housing shortages and labor shortages.
“While the baby boom generation has pulled out of commerce industries, the next generation just hasn’t entered these areas,” Rounds commented. “This leaves a big void in available workers, and even though they could get the supplies, they don’t have the workers to put the housing together.”
Rounds praised the steps taken by the South Dakota legislature and South Dakota businesses to promote the state’s technical schools through available scholarships to make business school education affordable.
“Right now, many trades companies are in such dire need that they are willing to sponsor education as well, paying off a student’s school debt once they have a job,” Rounds added.
Rounds and Thune discussed the beef labeling and packaging legislation movement that is currently in Congress. Senators both believe the momentum has grown to such an extent that actions are starting to bear fruit, including the ministry’s investigations into unfair and / or monopoly trade practices in the packaging industry. of Justice.
Senator Thune discussed the ramifications of the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the effect it will have on Capital Hill.
“Whether you are in favor of the withdrawal or not – and I was not a fan of a complete withdrawal, as a political decision the way it was done was a complete mess,” Thune commented. “We have a major spending bill that will require the full support of the Democrats to pass, and now after (Afghanistan) I’m not sure it has that support.”
Finally, Rounds thanked those who have expressed their concern and pray for his wife. He reports that she hopes to have a new hip and then continue the chemotherapy treatments. He reiterated that they maintained an optimistic view of his treatment. “It has worked before,” he explained.