- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) is under fire after it was discovered that the businesses of her family members were given $600,000 in COVID-19 funds from a state grant program pushed by her. The Noem family is refusing to answer questions about the grant or provide their financial statements for transparency.
- The Associated Press reported Wednesday that out of the 126 businesses across South Dakota, only five were given grants of $500,000, including a ranch owned by the Noem family. The business, which is run by Noem’s brothers Rock and Robb Arnold, got the full amount after their sister expanded the amount.
- “The Legislature approved the grant plan in October, but the family businesses benefitted from adjustments the Republican governor made,” said the AP. “The plan initially capped grants at $100,000, but later in the month, with plentiful federal funds at their disposal, Noem’s administration adjusted the grant cap to $500,000.
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