South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds named to mentor to Sarah Palin after she became governor of Alaska in December 2006, says she didn't need much help settling into her new job...
That was so nice of the governor. Now here is what he is caught up in:
...At 15 cents a month per phone line, most people probably don't notice the fee on their telephone bills.
Yet that monthly assessment on every standard phone line, cellular phone or pager now generates more than $1.5 million a year. Since 1989, the money has gone into a fund that provides telephone services to the deaf and hearing impaired.
But South Dakota lawmakers, at the request of Gov. Mike Rounds' administration, have raided the fund twice in the past two years, withdrawing $2 million. The money was spent in other areas of government.
...In sum, Gov. Marion "Mike" Rounds believes in raiding funds for deaf people in order to put them into the "general slush fund" for "unspecified purposes." Remember, this is the same guy who mentored Sarah Palin. 'Nuff said.