The industry standard is to spend 2 percent of the total value of all buildings on maintenance and repair. South Dakota typically has spent less than half that, Kinsman said.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has pushed to increase maintenance and repair spending to the 2 percent figure — about $11.5 million annually — and the Legislature has committed to gradually reaching that figure.The problem is that this governor that once claimed that education should get top billing when it comes to budgets once again shows his priorities.
I think Senator Sutton says it best:
Some lawmakers say there are higher priorities for any extra money the state has.
"I do value maintenance and repair, and I do think it's important," said Sen. Billie Sutton, D-Burke, a member of the Appropriations Committee. "But we need to fund education and health care. Not to sound too clichéd, we're not taking care of our 'maintenance and repair' with education and health care."