Hey Kristi Noem, Misusing Taxpayer Dollars Won’t Fly

t’s a day ending in “y,” which means that Kristi Noem is continuing to make headlines over her questionable ethics decisions, and commitment to using her office to enrich her friends and family.

This week, South Dakotans are hearing all about the ongoing investigation into Noem’s use of a taxpayer-funded airplane for political purposes:

KX News: South Dakota investigation weighs Noem’s use of state plane

“South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was returning from an official appearance in Rapid City in 2019 when she faced a decision: Overnight in the capital of Pierre, where another trip would start the next day, or head home and see her son attend his high school prom? The Republican governor chose the latter, a decision that eventually cost taxpayers some $3,700 when the state airplane dropped her off near her home and then returned the next day to pick her up.”

Insider: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem under investigation for use of state-owned airplane

“South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem is under investigation for her use of the state-owned plane after she took several trips on it that walked the line between official and personal matters.”

KMOT: SD Ethics Board Follows Up On Noem Complaint

“The South Dakota state ethics board is following up on a complaint about South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s use of the state’s airplane. According to the complaint, in 2019, the governor’s itinerary allowed her to return home for her son’s prom after an announcement on Ellsworth Air Force Base.”

KELO-TV: Noem Under Ethics Investigation

“South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is under investigation for using a state-owned airplane to fly to political events and bring family members with her on trips.”