Governor Dennis Daugaard, busy brushing on on his Mandarin elocution for his big trip to China, offers this muted initial response to the hip-hoppity-yahoo news that SDEA is planning a petition drive to put HB 1234 to a public vote:
This bill will invest $15 million a year in teacher pay, with lots of local control as to how the dollars are spent to advance student achievement [Governor Dennis Daugaard, statement, 2012.03.07].
That's the Governor's whole statement. It's also wholly false. This bill does not appropriate one penny for teacher pay. The GOP leadership made darn sure it didn't appropriate money so they could squeak the bill through on a majority vote instead of a two-thirds vote.
Expect the Governor to kick into full spin mode when he gets back from China. You know how referenda and participatory democracy just disgust him.