District 12 Senator Sandy Jerstad expresses my sentiments best:
"I don't know how you're going to go home and face your principals, your superintendents, your teachers, and all the parents. Do you have any parents in your district, any grandparents in your district? Can you smile and say, 'Yeah, we didn't think education was that important this year, so we didn't give you anything this year. We've got other priorities,"' Jerstad said. [quoted by Ben Dunsmoor, "Heated Debate on Education Funding," KELOLand.com, 2010.03.12]
Senator Olson will be home for a couple weeks now before the Legislature passes the final state budget. Ample opportunity for his friends in education to call, write, and visit to hear him explain why education is not his first priority.
Or maybe Russ just figures the LAIC hold a bingo fundraiser for the schools.
Remember: SB 22 goes further than even Governor Rounds wanted, including disabled students in the funding formula reduction. Perhaps the Governor can seize this opportunity to wield the veto and give the Legislature a chance to reconsider its vote in light of two weeks of conversations with us folks back home.
Senator Olson was alone in District 8 supporting this destructive plan. Reps. Fargen and Lange both voted to protect education. Other votes of interest among statewide candidates:
- Voting for SB 22 and against education: Reps. R. Blake Curd, Kristi Noem, Tom Deadrick; Senators Jason Gant and Gordon Howie.
- Voting against SB 22 and for education: Senators Julie Bartling, Scott Heidepriem, David Knudson, and Ben Nesselhuf.