It should come as no surprise that the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader should be the first to post Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Heidepriem's education proposal. See it here.
I had faint hope that Heidepriem would be able to elevate himself above the pit viper Steve Jarding has become famous for...low-rent, lowest-common-denominator politics. Apparently not going to happen. Last week Jarding was setting up numerous debates and only then inviting Daugaard, knowing he could not attend, and then criticizing the Lt. Governor for refusing to meet Scotty head-on. Now, it's education.
"Public education in South Dakota will not get a meaningful increase in funding unless other areas of state government can be cut first, the Democratic candidate for governor, state Sen. Scott Heidepriem, said today."
Really?! Well, for all he lacks in ability as a candidate, he apparently has a sound grasp of the obvious.
Heidepriem has spent the last six months talking and talking about how South Dakota is a victim of fat cat Republicans who have spent their way into a huge budget crisis.
What he hasn't done is give a single example of where he would cut or who or when or how much.
South Dakota doesn't have much money. There's not a lot of fat.
And, people in South Dakota know they want to pay their teachers more. But they also know they don't have much money to give. Politicians routinely place more budget priority on the classroom than who is there inside the classroom teaching our children every day.
Can't hang a plaque on a kid or a teacher. Given the two candidates for governor, right now I'm in Daugaard's camp. Heidepriem loses credibility for a lame education "plan."