Yesterday, Rep. Tom Pischke (R-25/Dell Rapids) served his core constituency — himself and his caucus of angry deadbeat dads — by edging his way to a vote against Bill 1278, which seeks to increase child support. Pischke cried that he couldn’t afford to do more for his ex-wife and the kids she got custody of:
Rep. Tom Pischke, R-Dell Rapids, battled the changes. “Non-custodial parents are already struggling to pay,” he said.
Pischke currently pays about $1,200 for three children, he said, and his payment would increase by about $300 under the new schedule.
“This is going to hurt me personally,” he said, his voice cracking. “Half of every marriage ends in divorce in this state” [Bob Mercer, “S.D. House Refuses to Update Child Support,” KELO-TV, updated 2022.02.18].
Rep. Mike Stevens (R-18/Yankton), who worked on the child support committee that studied the need to update our child support requirements, said he plans to revisit the bill next week. South Dakota has not updated the child support formula since 2016.
But apparently, in Pischke’s world, inflation only matters when Republicans need an excuse to blame Joe Biden for something, not when their ex-wives need the support they deserve. to take care of their children.