Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting are not significant contributors to real GDP growth in the US.
Across the country, real GDP increased in 37 states and the District of Columbia in the first quarter of 2016. Real GDP by state growth, at an annual rate, ranged from 3.9 percent in Arkansas to minus-11.4 percent in North Dakota. [Denver Business Journal]Habitat destruction, lapses in ethics, crime spikes, increased incarceration rates, more people infected with sexually transmitted diseases, the failure of prisons, human trafficking: all mark the terms of Republican governors in South Dakota.
South Dakota is a sanctuary state for white collar crime, though.
So-called 'Americans for Prosperity' a Koch-funded group with a lobbyist based in Sioux Falls signaled to legislators that they will lose campaign funding from the Kochs unless they act to reverse the progress the US Environmental Protection Agency has made in South Dakota.
Ag producers have destroyed shelter belts to plant industrial crops that deplete aquifers and now drought is blowing toxin-laden silt into downwind states.
South Dakota has the worst access to healthy food in the United States.
The crony capitalism that keeps South Dakota the 8th worst state for the working class is destroying lands promised to native peoples by treaty and my home town of Elkton is struggling to find enough housing for migrant workers often living in squalor.
South Dakota isn't about growth; it's about keeping Social Security recipients alive long enough to pay the property taxes that sustain red state failure.
Meanwhile, climate change denier Republican Governor Denny Daugaard is presiding over an exodus of educators fleeing the failed red state as his cronies plot to prevent medical insurance for South Dakota's least fortunate even as his office touts a budget surplus.
Make South Dakota great again. Flush the SDGOP.