Last week I upbraided Governor Dennis Daugaard for not taking the lead in promoting his Blue Ribbon K-12 panel’s proposal to raise South Dakota’s teacher pay from last to 39th in the nation. A Daugaard Administration official deemed that scolding “silly.”
Yes, yes, how silly of me, expecting the Governor to issue a statement of support for a proposal the same day it hits the papers…
Gov. Dennis Daugaard supports a task force proposed by the state’s top judge to examine how mental illness is affecting the court system.
…The chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court, David Gilbertson, announced the formation of the task force on Friday, though details such as members and scope are yet to come [Mark Walker, “Daugaard Supports Chief Justice’s Calls for Metnal Illness Task Force,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2015.11.21].
Of course, in the case of seconding the Chief Justice’s motion, Governor Daugaard is only supporting a task force to study the problem, not an actual plan to address the problem. And thinking that task forces and real action are the same thing would be silly. Just plain silly.