PIERRE, S.D —
Senator Billie Sutton— a rancher, financial professional at a small community bank, former professional rodeo cowboy, fifth-generation South Dakotan, and candidate for Governor— issued the following statement regarding action taken on legislation he proposed to promote workforce development opportunities in South Dakota schools through a collaborative career and technical education program:
"Workforce development is essential to the success of South Dakota’s economy and our students. That is why I proposed an innovative education consortium with bi-partisan support that provides creative ways for school districts to offer more career and technical education opportunities to our state’s students – even in rural communities that may otherwise lack the ability to offer wide-ranging options to students. Every community across South Dakota is key to meeting the demands of our state’s workforce, and it is unfortunate that we have once again missed an opportunity to improve the strength of our economy and our people."