South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a Republican, shared a statement by video late Friday to address media reports about an alleged meeting held last year that involved her daughter and a state employee who wants to become a real estate appraiser. was supervising his daughter’s application for
Noem’s daughter, Cassidy Peters, was present in July 2020 at a meeting with Noem and Sherry Braine, who oversees the South Dakota appraiser certification program, along with several others, Braine told the Associated Press. The AP reported that Peters’ application to become a residential appraiser was initially denied, citing a July 27 letter from Peters’ supervisor.
Noam and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation have both not confirmed nor denied that the meeting, as reported by the AP, took place.
28, the South Dakota attorney general, Jason Ravensborg, a Republican, said he was reviewing the concerns raised for him at the 2020 meeting. Meanwhile, the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation said that Peters’ application had no denials and was certified in November 2020.
In a video message posted on Friday, Noem said, “There is a lot of speculation and conjecture in the media and I wanted to take a second to straighten out the record. I have never been to Cassidy for special treatment.” Said. She is my daughter and I am proud of her. I raised her to accomplish things on my own, just like my parents raised me.
She continued, “The other appraisers went through the exact same process that Cassidy did, and I’ll be honest — my administration started fixing that process and it was very difficult. The appraisers weren’t being certified and South Dakotas had to wait longer to buy a home, a system that had been broken for decades.
“[The system] Designed to benefit those who were already certified and to keep others out,” she adds, “I’m focused on making it easier for young South Dakotans to enter the region.” , and that would make it easier for South Dakoton to buy a house.”
Noem said the media is ignoring facts, such as how it has modified the process of becoming a certified appraiser “to streamline it for the future”.
The certification program will no longer require people to take exams before beginning their training, Noem said, noting that appraisers “must pass a license-level exam before they can even take the classes required to pass it.” Take it.”
“My Department of Labor and Regulation is fixing it. We have modified other processes and we are still looking at streamlining other requirements.”
Noem said his administration has been working for three years to eliminate barriers to licenses in general by cutting out red tape, and media outlets have been reluctant to report Noem’s administration’s efforts regarding the matter. accused of, and will attack his daughter. Against him” for securing cheap political points.
In a statement on October 1, Noem’s office shared comments from three real estate professionals who thanked Noem for streamlining the appraiser certification process. According to the governor’s office, the shortage of appraisers is a nationwide problem that is exacerbated in South Dakota “due to prior barriers to entry to appraiser certification.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times