The burgeoning scandal over Daschle's residency status (dubbed "Mansiongate") is reviewed today with a report by Jeff Gannon headlined "Daschle 'Dual Residency' Benefit Sought By College Student." Excerpt:
A South Dakota college student is citing what has been referred to as the "Daschle dual residency exception" in order to retain his residency privileges while he attends a Colorado university. Ben Folsland, a 22 year old student at Colorado Christian University is considering declaring Colorado as his "primary place of residence" so he can take advantage of an "in-state" tuition rate that would be substantially less than what he is paying now.
In a letter to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, the Rapid City student asked Secretary John Cooper if he would be permitted to retain his in-state hunting license if he were to become a Colorado resident.
Folsland explained that his inquiry was prompted by the controversy involving Sen. Tom Daschle, who has claimed residency in both South Dakota and Washington, DC. Daschle is registered to vote in South Dakota but last year declared himself to be a resident of the District of Columbia when signing an affidavit to get a tax break on the $1.9 million home he purchased there.
Folsland proudly considers himself to be a South Dakotan, returning from college each summer to work. But he also recognizes that if he were to declare himself a resident of Colorado, he could qualify for reduced tuition when he enrolled in a Masters' degree program and the University of Colorado. Still, he is hesitant to give up the privileges he enjoys as a resident of South Dakota, one of them being his hunting license.
Folsland told Talon News Tuesday that he found a solution to his dilemma while reading Internet news reports about Daschle's homestead tax exemption. Several web sites in the South Dakota Bloggers' Alliance picked up the Talon News investigative report two weeks ago.
There you have it. The Dakota Blog Alliance offers solutions to your dilemmas.