One other thing on which I'll agree with the Governor: counting some hoped-for private donors as part of your budget cuts is wimpy Santa-Claus thinking. The Republicans in Pierre who crafted the budget plan finally floated yesterday include $2 million dollars in savings from "Potential other funding sources for South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship."
Come on, folks: if the Opportunity Scholarship is a good policy, then cowboy up and fund it. Say to your colleagues and constituents, "Look, it's worth investing tax dollars to try keeping sharp kids in state for college and to push all college-bound kids to try a little harder in class. It's a public good that benefits everyone, and we're going to find the public funds to pay for it... even if that means raising your taxes.
And if you think the Opportunity Scholarship is a waste of public dollars, then just say so, cut the program, and take the state's name off it.
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