- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Board of Regents Executive Director and CEO Jack Warner says the $8.50 minimum wage hike that voters approved in November is a “good news, bad news” situation for students at South Dakota’s six public universities.

The board met Wednesday at the University of South Dakota and in part discussed the impact of the wage hike, which it has predicted would increase costs for the universities by about $970,000 over a full year.

Some universities have attempted to use funds from unfilled positions to meet the costs. Others have reduced the availability of services such as building hours.

Warner says the hike had to be absorbed into existing budgets. But he says the move is helpful to students who have to work less to earn the same amount of money.

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