Re-Elect Fred Romkema, District 31 House - It is a privilege to serve you in Pierre!
Fred Romkema
South Dakota
House of Representatives
District 31
An Interview
Republican Representative
Fred Romkema...
"Copyright 2010 Black Hills Pioneer"
What do you see as some of the most important issues facing District 31 right now?
Balanced Budget that meets the needs of D31 residents--As you may know, in 2011 the legislature formulated and passed the first balanced budget in seven (7) years--without using reserve funds or raising taxes. As a member of the Joint Appropriations Committee, I supported these efforts.  In 2012, the legislature also balanced the budget while increasing wages for all state employees and increasing state aid to education.  I will continue to advocate for a balanced budget.
Economic Growth and Small Business Development--Two of the bright spots in our economic future are the SURF (Sanford Underground Research Facility) in Lead as well as entrepreneurial ventures/small businesses in our region.  Entrepreneurs must have access to capital to start, sustain, and grow their businesses as well as a trained workforce. 
As stated in "Revitalizing the American Dream" in Inc. (7/6/2010), "Young companies -- those younger than six years old -- provide the bulk of new jobs; in 2007, they accounted for 64 percent of them, according to a 2009 survey by the Kauffman Foundation that looked at start-up formation since the 1970s.  John Haltiwanger, an economist at the University of Maryland, came to a similar conclusion in a more recent study: His research found that start-ups account for only 3 percent of total U.S. employment but almost 20 percent of gross job creation." 
Education for our future leaders--We are fortunate to have Black Hills State University and two exceptional K-12 school systems in our District. According to the 2007 State New Economy Index, states that invest in higher education, are in close proximity to federal laboratories, and foster above-average levels of entrepreneurship will stand the greatest chance of succeeding in the New Economy.