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Friday, February 18, 2011

How did we get here?

One of the questions asked at today's early morning coffee session with Sen. Larry Tidemann and Rep. Scott Munsterman at Camelot Intermediate School focused on the sudden awareness of the state's $127 million shortfall.
Why is this such a monumental issue now, but we heard little about it during the election campaign?
According to Sen. Tidemann, although the true depth of the funding crisis is just coming to light, former Gov. Mike Rounds asked his departments in July or August to come up with two budget scenarios — a 5 percent budget cut and a 10 percent budget cut.
So, as we scramble to catch up and wrap our brains around this massive mess, we found this piece by Bob Mercer in the Aberdeen American News to be a comprehensive, well-written explanation.

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