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SD Democrats say education takes "backseat"

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The final day of the 2013 legislative session isn't all that enjoyable, according to the House of Representative's Democratic leader.

"All the big decisions are left to the last day. It all comes down to numbers, and it's just not a way to run a railroad. Not a way to run a state," said Bernie Hunhoff.

Rep. Hunhoff is particularly upset when it comes to education, saying it's taking a backseat.

"We haven't talked about the real big issue of how do we fund the schools. All we've decided this session is to shift the cost back home to property taxpayers. That's a mistake as well," Hunhoff said.

He cites larger class sizes and cutting career development programs.

"When the dust all settles it's hard to say we really funded the priorities," said Hunhoff.

In general, South Dakota Democrats believe too little of the state's general fund is supporting K-12 education. That's something Hunhoff believes will continue to frustrate constituents.

"If you had to file your re-election papers today you'd have about an 80 percent turnover in the legislature."

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