Last night Senator Mike Vehle was inducted into the transportation hall of fame:
State Sen. Mike Vehle is committed.
That's how South Dakota Secretary of Transportation Darin Bergquist described this year's lone inductee to the South Dakota Transportation Hall of Honor.
"During his tenure with the state legislature, Mike has been a true friend to transportation," Bergquist said.
Vehle earned the induction thanks in large part to his tireless efforts over seven years to pass Senate Bill 1, which raised a variety of automobile-related taxes to address the ever-decaying system of highways and bridges that South Dakotans depend on.
So while millions of dollars are spent on ineffective programs like GearUp and lining the pockets of cronies, the SDGOP raised taxes and then required the county governments to raise more taxes in order to get the tax increases via grant applications.
Representative Josh Klumb provided the accurate quote:
Many of the people in attendance had no question that Vehle deserved the recognition for his hard work to pass the highway and road funding bill earlier this year.
Fellow District 20 legislators, Reps. Joshua Klumb and Tona Rozum, shared their appreciation for Vehle's work. Rozum called Vehle "one of the best senators" and Klumb, who voted in support of S.B. 1, joked about the Republican's hard push to pass a bill that raised taxes for South Dakotans to provide approximately $87.5 million annually in total funding for both state and local roads and bridges.
"I can't think of anyone else that would have a banquet in their honor for raising taxes," Klumb said.
Many other state and local politicians were in attendance to celebrate Vehle, including S.D. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs, a few Davison County commissioners and several of Vehle's colleagues in the senate.
Sen. Corey Brown, who represents counties in central South Dakota, also emphasized the commitment Vehle brings to the job.
SDGOP leadership honoring the guy that lead them to the liberal tax and spend left. Klumb is right, and conservatives now should understand that the SDGOP are as liberal as any big government Democrat.