Senator Bernie Hunhoff still sees progress being made toward expanding Medicaid, but he says the biggest disappointment of the 2015 Legislative Session is his colleagues’ continued failure to support education:
On budget percentages: the FY2016 general fund amount authorized in HB 1208 is 2.95% higher than the amount last year’s Legislature authorized for the FY2015 budget. State aid to general education is going up 2.11%* from last year’s appropriation. South Dakota Public Broadcasting gets zero increase.
Even in an area where the state is making progress, finally joining every other state in offering a needs-based scholarship for high education, Senator Hunhoff says the Legislature’s support is still too tenuous:
Senator Hunhoff needs all Democrats to join him in explaining to the public the state’s failure to adequately fund education.
*Update 17:00 CDT: Spreadsheet error! I have corrected the percentage figures given above. I’m looking further into the budget to find the comparison that would explain the discrepancy between the percentages I list here and those cited by Senator Hunhoff in his remarks on video.