Kristi Noem in 2021 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Abortion: Ban abortion of preborn diagnosed with Down syndrome

I look forward to the day when the Supreme Court recognizes that all preborn children inherently possess this right to life, too. Until that time comes, I am asking the South Dakota legislature to pass a law that bans the abortion of a preborn child, just because that child is diagnosed with Down syndrome.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Education: Schools should teach is US is most special nation in history

I have tasked my administration with creating instructional materials and classroom resources on America's founding, our nation's history, and the state's history. We must also do a better job educating teachers on these three subjects. Through all of this, our common mission and key objective needs to be explaining why the United States of America is the most special nation in the history of the world.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Health Care: Make pandemic rules for telehealth permanent

Another tool we greatly expanded access to is telehealth. People have used tech services like these more than 70,000 times in South Dakota's Medicaid program alone. This year, I'm going to ask that you support legislation to make these flexibilities permanent. In 2021, we should build on telehealth advancements and continue to find ways to remove government red tape in health care.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Homeland Security: Tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities

We have expanded the tuition program for veterans to include technical colleges. We have increased property tax exemptions for veterans who have disabilities. We have a tax exemption for paraplegic and amputee veterans. We have increased the number of beds at the Hot Springs Veterans Home so that we can care for more veterans. We also broke ground on the first ever State Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Principles & Values: COVID: no shutdowns, we stayed open the entire time

For those who have spent the last nine months shut down or locked up in other states, South Dakota is open. We have stayed open the entire time. And that's how we will operate for as long as I am Governor.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Tax Reform: The taxes we have are stable and predictable, no increases

We don't have a corporate income tax. There is no business inventory tax. We have no personal income tax. We also do not have a personal property tax or an inheritance tax. The taxes that we do have to fund state government are stable and predictable. In short, for those who might be worried about tax increases, you do not need to be. The government in South Dakota lives within its means. We balance our budget without accounting gimmicks or tricks.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

On Technology: Finish connecting the state with broadband

I am proposing that we invest to finish connecting the state with broadband. Even the most remote communities across our state should be provided the tools they need to be connected. There are still 135,000 South Dakotans without high-speed broadband access that meets the needs of the 21st Century. A state investment, coupled with industry funding and federal grants, is enough to get the job done.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to South Dakota legislature Jan 12, 2021

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