Residents voice policy concerns at crackerbarrels
STURGIS, S.D. – Residents from Sturgis and Belle Fourche voiced their concerns this weekend on a number of topics they deemed concerning in two different crackerbarrels with the same three legislators, Senator Gary Cammack, Representative Kirk Chaffee and representative Dean Wink.
It was the first of two annual legislative crackerbarrels for District 29 in Sturgis. There, topics covered included marijuana, broadband, the convention of states and government overreach. Crackerbarrels promote a candid, in-depth dialogue with legislators and the constituents they represent.
“When you come to an event like ours it’s a little more like talking to your neighbor or a good friend than going to stuffy political event so I think for that reason they are really great events to come to even if you’ve never gone to one before,” said Executive Director of Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Veronica Grosek.
456 combined new bills have been introduced to the State House and the Senate, Senator Cammack says the increase in one-time funds has also been a topic of discussion.
“One time money means that we’re looking at spending some money on some projects that don’t have ongoing, necessarily ongoing program costs and so broadband for the whole state is a priority” said Cammack.
The next and final crackerbarrel for district 29 will be on March 6 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.