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Opinion: South Dakota will get through these hard times

Published 02/24/2010, S.D. House of Representatives

As we enter into the last 14 days of the session, things are shaping up to meet the challenges of balancing the budget.
Serving on the Appropriations Committee, all department hearings have been completed. I believe the legislators have a good handle on what it is going to take to get the state through this deficit budget. We saw the state income drop 3.5 percent in 2009. With 2010, we are starting out between $10 million and $11 million under estimates, the challenge is enormous.

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