The state Board of Technical Education today will consider its budget proposal for next fiscal year during its meeting Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. One of the items calls for reducing tuition and fees.
They currently are $116 per hour from a student. Executive director Nick Wendell has suggested a three-year plan to reduce the amount to $99.
That would require the Legislature to provide an additional $7 per hour in fiscal 2020, followed by another $5 per hour in 2021 and another $5 per hour in 2022.
The Legislature would make the decision in the 2019 session.
The requests would mean an additional $3 million for 2020, followed by another $4 million in 2021 and another $5 million in 2022.
The four technical institutes at Watertown, Mitchell, Rapid City and Sioux Falls currently receive $27.9 million.
Aside from the above increases, the budget proposal for 2020 calls for another $4.6 million, including a 2.3 percent inflation increase of $1 million.
Board members are Rod Bowar of Kennebec, Scott Knuppe of Rapid City, Ed Mallett of Watertown, Scott Peterson of Belle Fourche, Doug Ekeren of Yankton, Bob Faehn of Watertown, Dana Dykhouse of Sioux Falls, Terry Sabers of Mitchell and Diana VanderWoude of Sioux Falls.
South Dakota voters will decide in the Nov. 6 general election whether to increase the state taxes on tobacco products in order to provide more money for tech schools.
The budget proposal is here.