The funding process for the South Dakota Board of Regents is underway in the legislature. Regents President Bob Sutton, appearing before the Joint Appropriations Committee, says state support of the universities creates a big return.


Sutton says the universities continue to expand many areas of research.


Sutton says they are also focused on keeping the students they educate.


Appropriators will continue to work with the Regents, and each of the universities over the next few weeks as they develop their funding package.