In good news from Pierre, Senator Russell Olson's bill to establish a need-based scholarship program for South Dakota's post-secondary students has yet to garner a nay vote. Senate Bill 237 zoomed through the Senate on Wednesday and now awaits the attention of House Education.
One sticking point: legislators still haven't figured out how much money they are willing to invest in catching South Dakota up with the rest of the nation. Senator Olson originally proposed capitalizing the scholarship fund with $5 million; the bill has been amended to allot a placeholder $1, since legislators just aren't sure yet where they will get the money to fund these scholarships.
Um, fellas? I think Senator Adelstein has an idea on that funding source....