University of South Dakota President Jim Abbott said in his â€śState of the Uâ€ť speech earlier this month that South Dakotans expect excellence from higher education, but are not willing to pay for it. He said people in the state have â€śan aversionâ€ť to taxes to fund education at all levels.
Representative Jim Bolin of Canton says there is some truth in what Abbott saidâ€¦
Bolin says legislators will have to wait and see what direction Governor Dennis Daugaard sets in his budgetâ€¦
While revenue appears to be trending higher, Bolin says they still need to proceed cautiouslyâ€¦