Bob Mercer had an interesting little piece over at the Black Hills Pioneer about the school funding lawsuit.
The expenses total somewhere in the range of $1.7 million to $2.2 million, state Attorney General Marty Jackley said Thursday.
Although state law would allow the state to collect the expenses of the lawsuit from the plaintiffs, such an action would actually be of little benefit to the state. According to reporting in the Yankton Press and Dakotan:
in this case, collecting the legal costs likely would mean that school districts would use tax money to reimburse the state for tax money that it spent defending the lawsuit, Jackley said.
There is just something wrong when a group of citizens in South Dakota decides they should sue the state which provides them with all their funding because they think they?re not getting enough. Talk about biting the hand that feeds them. This is a sad example of the literal cost to our state of the fiction that our government has unlimited money to spend.