So the resolution was on to the Senate with support by such Republicans as Senator Larry Tidemann. The bill failed on a vote of 15-19 with Ernie Otten against it and not bothering to give a speech on why it should be rejected. He did take time to report his vote on his Facebook page to those watching, but still no explanation. I did ask him for his justification and will let you know if I hear a response.
Not every Republican has taken a leave of his or her senses.
“We need to move forward and do our part,” Sen. Larry Tidemann, the school funding committee’s Vice Chair, said during his testimony in front of the Senate in support of the resolution. “We do have a teacher shortage. We can do nothing or we can recognize there is a problem.”Some of the Republican Senators that voted for the resolution and sound reasoning and evidence were Begalka, Hunhoff (Jean), Rampelberg, Rhoden, Soholt, Solano, Tieszen, and Van Gerpen.
Sen. Tidemann noted testimony during the committee meetings identified a lack of applicants for teaching positions. Sen. Chuck Welke, also a committee member, echoed the statement.
“We heard story after story from schools of all sizes…struggling to find teachers,” Sen. Welke said.
UPDATE: As promised, here is Mr. Ernie Otten's response to my question.
Ernie Otten for South Dakota I'm supportive of the Governor's proposed 3% going into education. School boards at the local level set the wages for educators & staff, not the legislature.